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Next Angry Birds game a turn-based RPG

Angry Birds Epic, due for a soft launch in Canada and Australia this week, takes a sharp turn away from the game's traditional mechanic.

Angry Birds RPG

If you wanted more bird-flinging, it looks like you might be in for a wait: Developer Rovio has revealed that the next title in the Angry Birds series is a turn-based RPG.

Our heroes are, of course, the birds, with each bird being a different character class; the red bird, for example, is the knight (obviously; see the teaser trailer below), and the yellow bird is the wizard. You'll lead them into battle across a fantasy-themed Piggy Island, defeating the pigs, apparently, on their home turf -- presumably the story will reveal the whys and wherefores.

It also seems that crafting will feature quite heavily. You'll be able to build your own weapons; according to AngryBirdsNest, these can be items such as a wooden sword, frying pan, or "stick thingy with a sponge on top." All characters, gear, and potions will be upgradable, too.

The game is due to soft-launch either March 13 or 14 in Australia and Canada, arriving shortly thereafter for the rest of the world, and for Android later this year.

This soft launch has roughly similar timing to the Australia and Canada soft launch of Rovio's "Angry Birds for girls," Angry Birds Stella, about which few details are known other than its ridiculous gender specificity.

(Source: CNET Australia)