ESPOO, Finland–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Rovio and NHN Studio629 are thrilled to announce a partnership to develop a new game using the Angry Birds IP, initially targeting players in Korea and selected other Asian markets. Due for launch later this year, the game will bring together the beloved characters of Angry Birds with one of Asia’s leading mobile game studios.
In the partnership – Rovio’s first with a Korean developer – Rovio will provide the Angry Birds IP and NHN Studio629 will design, develop, publish and service the game’s live operations in Korea, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan and Japan. The two companies may then decide to take the partnership global at a later stage, in which case Rovio would publish the game in other markets.
“Korea is a major market for us and we recognize the need for partnering with a great local developer,” says Wilhelm Taht, head of games at Rovio. “The minds at NHN Studio629 are a great fit for us, and we share a similar vision for delighting consumers. The studio’s unique reach into other Asian markets also fits well with our strategy to capitalize on growth in mobile-games markets across the region.”
“The partnership with Rovio will provide us the opportunity to jump up to be a global leading game company,” says Hyun-Dong Choi, CEO of NHN Studio629. “We are accelerating the game development, scheduling to launch it during 2016. With a brand new concept that can distinguish itself from existing Angry Birds titles, we are sure that the game will be enjoyed by players of all ages.”
Rovio Entertainment Ltd. is a global entertainment media company. Headquartered in Finland and with studios across the world, Rovio is the creator of Angry Birds™, the casual mobile game that changed an industry and became an international phenomenon. Today Angry Birds is not only the most downloaded game of all time, it is a renowned entertainment brand that has branched out into animation, books, licensing and more. The Angry Birds Movie is slated for release in 2016.
About NHN Studio629
NHN Studio629 is a Korean game developer and publisher behind titles such as Wooparoo Mountain, Wooparoo Saga and Pokopang. After it proved itself a competitive game developer in Korea with Wooparoo Mountain – a game loved by Korean players since 2013 – the studio expanded its business area to other Asian countries. Wooparoo Mountain was launched in Asian countries via LINE with a new title called LINE Wooparoo Land and has been ranked #1 Free Game in Japanese and Taiwanese Google Play and Apple’s App Store. It is also about to launch a Quest RPG called Heroes Wanted globally very soon.