In case you missed it, the big announcement Rovio teased last week turned out to be Angry Birds Star Wars II. As the image was Star Wars-themed, it wasn’t exactly a shock unless Rovio decided to make a frame-by-frame remake of Star Wars Episode: 1 with mute birds and pigs in their places. In fact, let’s start a petition for that. But for now we have more Angry Birds action in a Star Wars setting, tackling the prequels and introducing thirty new characters. That part’s not so bad. What is bad, however, is what Activision decided to
announce leak around the same time.
Angry Birds Star Wars will be coming to consoles this October. This comes hot off the heels of the original Angry Birds trilogy coming to consoles in August that nobody wanted. Thirty dollars for three old free or next-to-nothing iOS games was bad enough, but Star Wars is plain insulting. According to a listing that popped up on Amazon today, the game will carry a price tag of $39.99 on current gen consoles and Vita, $29.99 on 3DS and a whopping $49.99 on Wii U. While these prices have not been confirmed by Activision, Amazon rarely lists prices for pre-orders that aren’t correct (at least at the time), so they seem legit. Honestly, though, even if they ended up being $20 across the board (which won’t happen), it’d still be too much. Why? Because it’s a disc with two free (or next to nothing depending how they’re purchased) mobile games.
Clearly the purpose of this release is to use the name of a hugely popular game to take advantage of kids at Wal Mart who see “Angry Birds” and “Star Wars” on the cover, or worse, uninformed parents/grandparents who know little Johnny loves those Angry Birds and buys this without knowing.
Slapping iOS games on a disc and charging exponentially more for them is a disturbing trend that needs to stop. Mobile games are certainly a threat to home console gaming, but when left in their own environment they are generally harmless. The mentality that these games are worthy enough to sell for the same price as brand new console exclusives is dangerous and could lead to less new IPs and more “throw some endless runners at them.”