The creator of the gaming sensation Flappy Bird now says he is bringing the game back. In an interview with CNBC, Dong Nguyen said the new version would be a multiplayer game that is “less addictive” than its predecessor. Nguyen famously pulled the game from app stores amid worries that the game’s millions of fans were spending too much time playing the game.
Flappy Bird, which asks players to navigate a blob-like animal through a fiendishly challenging series of green pipes, became a sensation earlier this year. Its legend only grew when Nguyen removed it from app stores, leading to an army of clones that dominated the charts for weeks. On CNBC today, Nguyen said the original game has been downloaded more than 50 million times. The resurrected Flappy Bird will be ready in August, Nguyen said.
Nguyen, who is based in Vietnam, said he was earning $50,000 a day during the peak of the game’s popularity earlier this year, but he yanked it from the digital marketplace because he felt too many people were becoming addicted to it.
Nguyen also told CNBC that is he working on more games, including one that has “a guy jumping from building to building.”