Angry Birds ‘Classic’ was released on March 31, 2022. This means that it was available for less than a year. Angry Birds ‘Classic’ is a re-release of the original version of Angry Birds, which is among the first hit games on mobile devices. The original version of the game was delisted long ago as Rovio turned its attention to free-to-play spinoffs and sequels. As of February 22, Angry Birds ‘Classic’ is the only paid app Rovio distributes on the Play Store.
Why is the game shutting down
In a statement shared on Twitter, Rovio said that it has “reviewed the business case” for this game in particular and decided to pull it from distribution due to the “impact on our wider games portfolio.”
Rovio’s full statement on the removal
We have reviewed the business case of Rovio Classics: Angry Birds, and due to the game’s impact on our wider games portfolio, we have decided that Rovio Classics: Angry Birds will be unlisted from the Google Play Store on Thursday, February 23. Additionally, the game will be renamed to Red’s First Flight in the App Store pending further review. Rovio Classics: Angry Birds will remain playable on devices on which the game has been downloaded, even after it has been unlisted.
We understand that this is sad news for many fans, as well as the team that has worked hard to make Rovio Classics: Angry Birds a reality. We are extremely grateful to the Angry Birds fans who have shown their love of the brand and this game from the beginning. We hope those fans can continue to bring that passion to our live Angry Birds slingshot games such as Angry Birds 2, Angry Birds Friends, and Angry Birds Journey, where our goal every day is to craft the best possible experience for players.