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Rovio Shows Off Angry Birds Space — From Space

Rovio took to the International Space Station on Thursday to show off the first game-play scenes for the upcoming Angry Birds Space game.

NASA astronaut Don Pettit made the announcement Friday while orbiting 242 miles above the Earth in a video posted to YouTube. In it, he shows off how the game play will work, by launching a stuffed Angry Bird in zero gravity, along with a makeshift pig he drew on a green balloon.

The Finnish gamemaker had already said it would launch the game March 22, with simultaneous availability for Mac, PC, iOS and Android, as well as merchandise and animation.

Rovio is clearly trying to generate as much buzz as possible for the game. It also plans to show the game running on a Samsung Galaxy Note at the upcoming SXSW conference in Austin.

There is clearly a big promotional tie-in with Samsung for the space game, as the Galaxy Note is featured heavily in Thursday’s NASA video, as well.

Rovio is counting on its birds — and this latest sequel — to justify its orbital valuation and sky-high ambitions for the company.

Rovio CEO Mikael Hed talked with AllThingsD last month about his plans for the company, including a non-Angry Birds game that is also in the works.

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