Players of Angry Birds POP! are in for a hip-shaking surprise the next time they log in to take on Gale and her minions. Shakira Bird has joined the flock!
How exactly did the Colombian superstar find her way to Piggy Island?
“Everybody at Rovio loves making games and loves playing games,” explains Peter Vesterbacka, Rovio’s Mighty Eagle. “I have always believed that this is the most important thing no matter what you do — there is no substitute for this passion and love in the final products. The great thing with passion is that it's very contagious. And people always love working with other passionate people.”
Which brings us to a scene in Barcelona earlier this year.
“I was very lucky to meet with Shakira at Camp Nou,” Vesterbacka continues. “Just like everybody at Rovio loves games, Shakira loves music. Within five minutes it was very clear that we had to do something together. I'm really happy to see the first result of our collaboration. The team has done a fantastic job in designing the new bird. But as they say in Casablanca, this is only the beginning of a beautiful friendship. You will see the Shakira Bird in Angry Birds Friends and Angry Birds 2 very soon as well.”
Could Rovio and Shakira take their collaboration even further?
“Who knows what else we'll come up with when we put our heads together,” Vesterbacka reckons. “But with 3 billion copies of Angry Birds games out there and with the massive fan base of Shakira, you can be sure the planet will know about it.”