Flappy Bird to return

"Yes. But not soon," says creator Dong Nguyen

Vietnamese indie dev Dong Nguyen has told his Twitter followers Flappy Bird, the hit game he removed from the App Store, will return.

Asked if it would come back he told fans it would, but refused to set a date. He also suggested it would be a new and improved version of the title.

The tweets echo a recent interview Nguyen gave to Rolling Stone when he said he was "considering" making it available again.

The game became famous as much for the drama surrounding the suddenly successful 28-year-old as for its simple and addictive game play after he revealed the game was making $50,000 a day from in-app ads. He was also accused of stealing artwork for the title, and began to ask for privacy through his Twitter account. Finally, in February, he took the game off the App Store.

"Flappy Bird was designed to play in a few minutes when you are relaxed," he told Forbes.

"But it happened to become an addictive product. I think it has become a problem. To solve that problem, it's best to take down Flappy Bird. It's gone forever."

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Steven Hodgson Programmer, Code in Progress Ltd3 years ago
This reminds me of that episode of South Park where Cartman buys an amusement park and makes it popular by not allowing people to use it.
It will be interesting to see if people still find it as popular.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Steven Hodgson on 20th March 2014 6:16pm

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Paul Jace Merchandiser 3 years ago
With all the free advertising Flappy Bird has received over the last few months it will probably be even more popular this time around.
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Axel Droxler Game Designer, Larian Studios3 years ago
This is about as surprising as Justin Bieber not really retiring...
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Justin Biddle Software Developer 3 years ago
I can only assume it no longer makes people's lives a misery as per his original reason for removing it. Otherwise it looks like he just removed it to generate more hype and interest. Which of course would be a cynical view on my part ;-)

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Justin Biddle on 21st March 2014 11:21am

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Andrew Ihegbu Studying Bsc Commercial Music, University of Westminster3 years ago
Well, he did look the money tree in the face and walk away. It was only a matter of time before he realized that a few bad emails was a small price to pay for the the security of being rich.

Unless Flappy v2.0 comes out with some new stuff though, the vacuum has already been swallowed by literally hundreds of clones.
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