You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘Angry Birds Star Wars’ Gets Sequel Game in September

Rovio, Lucasfilm expand game with 'Skylanders'-type toys and enable players to "jon the pork side" and play one of the villainous pigs

After the first mash-up of “Angry Birds” with Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars” was downloaded over 100 million times, Rovio Entertainment and Lucasfilm are ready with a sequel to keep their new franchise fresh, and will releaseAngry Birds Star Wars II” on Sept. 19.

The new game will follow the story of the three prequel “Star Wars” movies, including the introduction of new “Angry Birds” characters like young Anakin, Mace Windu and Darth Maul.

Players will also get to choose to “join the pork side” and play as one of the villainous pigs.

Hasbro will produce a line of Telepods figures for the game, that unlock new characters and super powers  by placing one of them on the phone or tablet camera and scanning it into the game. Over 30 figures will be available at launch in September. Characters are similar to the figures used to play Activision’s “Skylanders” and Disney’s upcoming “Disney Infinity.”

News of the sequel comes as Comic-Con International kicks off in San Diego this week. Event runs through Sunday. First mash-up of “Angry Birds” and “Star Wars,’ with Hasbro debuted on Nov. 8, 2012.

SEE ALSO: ‘Star Wars’ Takes Over Disney’s Club Penguin

Rovio plans a major product push around the release of “Angry Birds Star Wars II” with a new line of merchandise that will include apparel, accessories, books, toys and plush from licensing partners. New line will be available at Comic-Con.

Company is currently making its way to San Diego with the “Course of the Force” lightsaber relay race.

SEE ALSO: ‘Angry Birds Star Wars’ Races with ‘Course of the Force’ to Comic-Con

“’Angry Birds Star Wars’ was a blockbuster hit for us and Lucasfilm,” said Jami Laes, executive VP of games at Rovio Entertainment. “We are thrilled to be able to introduce the exciting next chapter in the ‘Angry Birds Star Wars’ saga to our fans around the world,”

Popular on Variety

More Biz

  • Homecoming

    Peak Storytelling Here as Podcasts, Short Form Ride New Wave

    The concept of peak TV is nothing new. But scratch the surface of original content these days, and it’s no longer about television — from podcasts and short-form video, storytelling itself is at a peak. Thanks to audio, video and other new platform companies including Gimlet, Quibi, Wondery, iHeartMedia and Serial Box, listeners and viewers [...]

  • Patti Smith Cambridge Folk Festival

    Patti Smith Muses Over the Many Ways to Tell a Story

    It’s Sept. 11, and Patti Smith has been thinking a lot about people who died. This is understandable. It is, of course, the 18th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, and an annual time of mourning for New York City, the city that Smith adopted as her hometown 50-plus years [...]

  • Hopper Reserve

    Dennis Hopper's Dying Wish: His Own Strain of Marijuana

    Even as celebrity brands are starting to flood the emerging Cannabis market, Hopper Reserve stands out. The brand was launched by Marin Hopper, Dennis Hopper’s daughter from his marriage to Brooke Hayward. Hopper Reserve is a gram of California indoor-grown flower, two packs of rolling papers, a pair of matches and a trading card either [...]

  • Snoop Dogg Weed

    In the Cannabis Business, Not All Star Strains Are Created Equal

    With the cannabis green rush in full swing, many celebrities are jumping into the fray with their own brands, including such well-known stoners as Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg and Tommy Chong. But as it turns out, not all star strains are created equal, so we assembled a trio of crack experts to put the product [...]

  • Richard Branson Jason Felts

    Kaaboo Festival Acquired by Virgin Fest Owner Jason Felts

    Kaaboo, which says it has “shifted the music festival paradigm by offering a highly amenitized festival experience for adults,” is now under new ownership. Virgin Fest founder and CEO Jason Felts (pictured above with Virgin founder Richard Branson) has fully acquired all of the festival brand assets through an affiliate of Virgin Fest, the music [...]

  • Live Nation Chief Michael Rapino Talks

    Live Nation-Ticketmaster Chief Michael Rapino Talks Dept. of Justice Inquiries

    Back in August, Senators Richard Blumenthal of New Jersey and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota made the most recent of several requests for an Department of Justice antitrust investigation into competition in the ticketing industry, and it soon became clear that the target of the probe was Live Nation and its 2010 merger with Ticketmaster, which [...]

  • Lowell Smokes Cafe Marijuana

    With Cannabis Lounges, On-Site Consumption, Marijuana-Infused Meals Go Legit

    Can this century’s Roaring ’20s repeat history but with pre-rolled joints instead of whiskey flasks and soccer moms as the new flappers? This month, West Hollywood will see the opening of the nation’s first at least quasi-legal cannabis consumption lounge, officially dubbed Lowell Farms: A Cannabis Café, located at 1211 N. La Brea between Fountain [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content