Rovio's putting all its elves to work! While we're waiting for the 22nd of March, which when Angry Birds Space will be out, they're sending us teasers of the things to come. Rovio put up a video on YouTube with NASA flight engineer, Don Pettit introducing the upcoming game from the International Space Station. The game will feature 60 new levels, will have six new characters, and will have zero gravity gameplay. Like previous Angry Birds versions, more levels will be added in free updates, but unlike previous levels, there will also be levels added via in-app purchases.


According to The Guardian, National Geographic Books will also launch a companion book for Angry Birds Space and as mentioned in the first announcement, there will be animation and retail elements to the launch as well. Angry Birds Space will be displayed for the first time on the 9th of March at SXSWi in Austin, Texas. The game will be demonstrated on a Samsung Galaxy Note. Rovio had previously partnered with Samsung and its Galaxy series to bring an anti-gravity level to Angry Birds Seasons: Summer Pignic.

Speaking of Angry Birds Seasons, a sneaky update awaits you in your respective place of app purchasing and updating. The last update took place in January and was China themed (for Chinese New Year) and in this update, they're going a little further east to Japan. The update features a theme called Cherry Blossom, which features 15 new levels and of course, golden egg levels. The setting is a Japanese garden with cherry blossom trees and what I can guess to be Mount Fukuejima in the background. I would have liked to see some sumo pigs, but sadly, Rovio hasn't seemed to included a martial arts reference in the levels I've played yet.

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