'Angry Birds Epic' Gameplay Previewed

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Earlier this month Rovio teased a new Angry Birds game that the developer promised would be "epic." Since that time the game has been revealed to be Angry Birds Epic, a turn-based RPG game featuring the birds and pigs made famous in the Angry Birds series.

Today Rovio has finally revealed how exactly Angry Birds Epic will play. As seen in the new gameplay trailer below, players will control a team of birds and use their varied fantasy-inspired powers to defeat teams of pigs.

Along with the new gameplay Rovio today also revealed why Angry Birds Epic is launching first in a select few countries. The studio maintains that development on the title is complete but that it still wants "critical feedback" from real players. In essence, Angry Birds fans in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand will be beta testing the game.

This pre-release period could be a matter of balancing the game, but it could also involve the monetization that Rovio will undoubtedly be putting into the game. Mobile games with a wide variety of in-app purchase options have become popular in recent years and a mobile RPG would offer plenty of opportunities for item, gear, and crafting microtransaction offerings. Hopefully the limited release will help Rovio avoid a game-breaking microtransaction system such as the one recently implemented into EA's Dungeon Keeper.

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