The famous Angry Birds maker is getting into game publishing business and has launched a new initiative to support these efforts. Dubbed Rovio Stars, it is the company’s first foray into including third party titles in its game line-up.
The first game to be published under this program will be Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage by Nitrome Ltd., followed by Tiny Thief by 5 Ants. The former follows the adventure of a lone Viking, combining a unique ice slicing mechanic with an offbeat humor; while the latter is a medieval adventure featuring stealth-based puzzles.
According to Rovio’s Director of Development Kalle Kaivola, the idea is to help select indie game developers get more exposure on the market. In that sense, we shouldn’t expect Rovio Stars to mimic major publishers, launching a bunch of games all the time. Instead, the program will focus on a small, select number of games, with each Rovio Stars launch being an event of its own.
We’ve no doubts these guys know what quality means and are looking forward to try out many of the games they have in the pipeline…