Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen today said he’ll bring Flappy Bird back to the App Store in August. The developer told CNBC‘s Kelly Evans that the new version of the game will be multiplayer, and “less addictive.”
Nguyen pulled Flappy Bird from the App Store back in February, flustered by the attention he was receiving for the wildly popular, yet extremely frustrating, game. “Please give me peace,” he tweeted just a week before removing the app from the App Store.
The game was generating approximately $50,000 per day in ad revenue at the height of the frenzy.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Nguyen said he pulled the app partially due to the overwhelming attention he was receiving from the media, but also because of his concerns about how addicting the game was. Nguyen said one woman told him he was “distracting the children of the world.”
Nguyen said he had problems during his own formative years due to a video game addiction, and felt guilty that Flappy Bird was an “addictive product.”
Following the removal of Flappy Bird, the App Store was hit with a flood of flappy-clones, as developers attempted to cash in on the success, and subsequent disappearance, of the addictive game.
Although Nyugen mentioned multiplayer as one new aspect of the game, he didn’t detail as to how he plans to make the game “less addictive.”
Nguyen also mentioned a few details about his next game, in which players will jump their character from building to building.