Flappy Birds creator Dong Nguyen confirmed via Twitter Wednesday that the now defunct app will be back, but “not soon,” only once he is finished working on it.
Nguyen, the 29-year-old Vietnamese independent developer behind the popular yet difficult game, used Twitter last month to announce he would be removing Flappy Bird from app stores last month, citing death threats and fear it was ruining lives. He used the platform again to confirm the app would be back.
One of Nguyen’s 170,000 Twitter followers asked him yesterday if the game would be returning to the Apple iTunes App store, and Nguyen confirmed that it would.
@painfullpacman Yes. But not soon.
— Dong Nguyen (@dongatory) March 19, 2014
Originally released last May, Flappy Bird only surged in popularity around December, and became the most downloaded app in both Apple’s App Store and the Google Play store for Android devices.
Nguyen claimed he was at one point making $50,000 a day in ad revenue from Flappy Bird.
When Flappy Bird was pulled from app stores, it had an average four-star rating from more than 543,000 reviews in the Apple App Store and 228,000 on Android. Many of the reviews were lengthy, tongue-in-cheek tales of time lost, marriages ended and people going nuts after playing the game.
At the time, Nguyen said he was afraid that what he’d intended to be a simple pastime had gotten out of control and become “addictive” to some users.
People who downloaded the game did not lose it, but those who had not were out of luck.
Until Flappy Bird is back, Nguyen’s studio Dot Gears has two other games available for download, Super Ball Juggling and Shuriken Block. There are also multiple clone apps of Flappy Bird available that continue to flood app stores.
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