Flappy Bird will be making a come back in August.
Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen told CNBC on Wednesday that the new app will include multi-player capabilities and be less addictive. It’s unclear if the new Flappy Bird game will be an update for the old copy, or an entirely new download.
At the peak of his success, Nguyen said he was earning $50,000 a day from the game. The app had more than 50 million downloads, and at the height of its popularity, “Flappy Bird” was being downloaded 2 million to 3 million times per day in Google Play and Apple iOS stores.
It all came to an end when he decided to remove the app after noticing people were too addicted to playing it. “I am sorry, ‘Flappy Bird’ users, 22 hours from now, I will take ‘Flappy Bird’ down. I cannot take this anymore,” Nguyen tweeted hours before removing the app.
Many gaming sites speculated that he removed the app due to legal issues with Nintendo. However, Nguyen said on Twitter in February, “It is not anything related to legal issues. I just cannot keep it anymore.”
The original “Flappy Bird” was published in May 2013 by Gears Studio, which is based in Vietnam. By November 2013, the title ranked 1,368 on U.S. game charts. A month later, the game placed in the top 250 for free apps in the U.S., and, in January 2014, “Flappy Bird” ranked as the eighth most downloaded free app in the U.S.
While he still is making a profit from in-app ads, he said it’s “not much,” adding that he feels a lot of pressure from all the fame, fortune and success he has had.
‘Flappy Bird’ Returns In August
“Flappy Bird” creator Dong Nguyen says the game will return in August. It will reportedly have multiplayer functionality and will be “less addictive.