Angry Birds Evolution, the odd adult-aimed offshoot of the series that spawned an animated kids film, gets a little bit stranger on October 18, when a bird based on the undead mascot of venerable metal band Iron Maiden arrives in the game. Huh.
I suppose there are stranger places to go for a Halloween event than on a bird-i-fied tour of Iron Maiden's Eddie through some of the band's best years.
During the two-week event, Evolution players will be able to collect and evolve the Eddie bird through three of my favourite albums — Killers, Powerslave and Somewhere in Time — as well as 2015's The Book of Souls, which I haven't gotten around to listening to yet but I hear is pretty great.
But it's still hard for me to reconcile this game's more adult aesthetic with the CG film that makes my six-year-olds giggle. Hey kids, try giggling at this scary bastard.
"Our team is filled with massive Iron Maiden fans and Eddie was both our first choice & a natural fit in Angry Birds Evolution," said Miika Tams, VP games and product lead for Angry Birds Evolution in an official announcement.
"It's about time his status as a true rock icon was celebrated and we know that fans will love seeing Eddie the Bird raise hell on Bird Island!"
Eddie the Bird will be available to collect in Angry Birds Evolution starting on October 18.