Title will be pre-loaded on all NFC-enabled Nokia devices in 2011.
This is a pretty remarkable announcement given the lack of NFC handsets in circulation. But it also testifies to the immense hype around the contactless tech – and the sheer power of the Angry Birds IP.
According to a blog post by Nokia, Angry Birds Free with Magic contains 20 levels of action, with 15 that can only be fully unlocked when you touch phones with another NFC phone user.
Alternatively, they can be unlocked using NFC tags, which one assumes Rovio and Nokia will make part of their promotion around the launch.
Angry Birds Free with Magic will come preinstalled on the Nokia C7 as part of the Symbian Anna update. It will also be included on all of Nokia’s NFC-enabled devices in 2011.
Meanwhile, Rovio is working on an expanded version with more levels and more ways to harness the power of NFC.
“With Angry Birds Magic, friends can group together to combat the pig menace, in a new take on the game that so many people all over the world have fallen love with,” said Mikael Hed from Rovio.
“This really kicks off the NFC experience for developers. In time, the communal power of users with Angry Birds Magic could prove even stronger than the Mighty Eagle.”
NFC is hot right now, but outside of these few Nokia devices only the Nexus S has so far embedded the tech.
That said, RIM and Microsoft have indicated they will support it, and Apple is known to be building a unit around NFC.