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Angry Birds, Green Day Partner for New Facebook Game

Angry Birds, Green Day Partner for New Facebook Game
What do you get when you combine the angriest fowl on the Internet and a Grammy Award-winning band of misfits? A very green musical version of Angry Birds Friends.

Angry Birds maker Rovio Entertainment and multi-platinum selling band Green Day have teamed up to launch a new episode of the Facebook-based game, complete with 10 all-new themed levels, plus bad-pig characters inspired by the band members.

The game provides fans with Green Day's latest single "Oh Love," plus "Troublemaker," an exclusive song by group members Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tré Cool.

"We're all fans of Angry Birds," Armstrong said in a statement. "It's such an addictive game that when we first started playing we couldn't stop. Go Team Green!"

The collaboration is the first of its kind for Rovio, bringing a blend of music, video, and gameplay with exclusive content currently unavailable outside of the Angry Birds Friends product. Updates for the Green Day episode will be rolled out later this fall, Rovio said.

Peter Vesterbacka, Rovio's chief marketing officer, said the company is "beyond excited" about the new game.

"Two amazing brands working together on a one-of-a-kind collaboration – we can't wait for our fans to explore this new Green Day world," he said.

To keep tabs on the new music-infused game, follow the Angry Birds' Twitter account, and the hashtags #WeAreTeamGreen and #greendaypigs. For now, the episode is available only through Facebook's social platform, though Vesterbacka hinted in a statement to The Guardian that a possible expansion into the iOS and Android or other realms could be coming.

Angry Birds already introduced a new member of its flock early this month, a pink character who bats her eyes and distracts enemies by blowing egg-shaped bubbles. Though no specific arrival date for Pink Bird was announced, the company promised a back-to-school timeframe.

Rovio has been building its Angry Birds empire, recently sending its fowl on a beach vacation with 15 new tropical levels in the original game, plus a new "red planet update" for Angry Birds Space coming soon.
In July, the company released its first non-flying fare – iOS and Android physics-based puzzle game Amazing Alex.

For more, see PCMag's reviews of Angry Birds for PlayStation 3 and PSP, and Angry Birds Space, as well as Amazing Alex.

To get a sneak peak of the new Green Day game, check out Rovio's teaser video – set to the band's "Oh Love."

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