Crowd gaming specialist Uplause to launch noise controlled version of Angry Birds at Singapore Grand Prix
Shout if you want to fire harder
Just when you think there can't be any more crazy Angry Birds news - we've already had 350 million downloads, $1+ billion valuation, baby blanket licensing - something else pops into play.
This time, however, it could be a cool twist on the game as fellow Finnish outfit Uplause has come up with a version that thousands of people can play simultaneously.
The self-styled 'social gamemaker for big crowds', it's been doing this sort of thing for a while in ice hockey, basketball and football stadia, and music festivals such as V Festival, using noise as an input.
The first Angry Birds version will be playable at the Formula 1 race in Singapore this weekend, before Rovio and Uplause take the concept globally, from sports stadiums to rock concerts.Cry fowl
According to Uplause CEO Veli-Pekka Marin, the game was remade for this crowd version over the summer with the noise level of the audience being used to generate the power of the slingshot. We're guessing aiming happens automatically.
"As in the original, there's about a four second period before firing," Marin explains. "For live events, we'd expect each gaming session to take a few minutes."
“Through social participation, our fans will get to interact with the Angry Birds in an entirely new way,” adds Peter Vesterbacka, Rovio's CMO.
“We think this new form of gaming will give fans a great opportunity to form a strong emotional connection with the characters.”
You can get an idea of what Uplause gets up to in the following video trailer.