Rovio has hired Petri Järvilehto, developer of the Max Payne and Alan Wake franchises as Senior Vice President of Console Development. His task it to setup console development teams for the Angry Birds franchise.
Järvilehto will not fully leave his old company Remedy Entertainment as he will remain on the board of that studio. Next to the new hire, Rovio also announced that Angry Birds has generated 75 million downloads to date.
“We want to make Angry Birds a long lasting global gaming franchise, and we see the console platforms as a way of delivering an even more entertaining, powerful and involving experience,” said Mikael Hed, CEO of Rovio. “Petri has an outstanding track record and we’re thrilled to have him take the lead of our console development.”
“Angry Birds is one of the fastest growing gaming franchises in the world right now,” said Petri Järvilehto. “I think we’re only in the beginning, and with consoles we have the opportunity to create a new kind of gaming experience.”