'Flappy Bird' creator teams up with Japan studio for new game: report

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 A teaser screenshot of N Project game. Photo credit: serkantoto.com
Nguyen Ha Dong, who created the mobile hit "Flappy Bird" that became a world sensation in 2014, has partnered with a Japanese indie studio to release a new game this year, international media have reported.
So far, details about the new mobile game are scanty, except for its tentative name of "N Project" and a teaser screenshot.
Many analysts have speculated that the game, which is written by Dong's studio dotGEARs in Hanoi and Tokyo-based Obokaidem, will have ninja characters.
In his blog post dated on Monday, Serkan Toto, CEO of Tokyo-based game industry consultancy Kantan Games, Inc., commented on Dong's collaboration with Obokaidem, best known for mobile arcade game Pick-Xell, as "remarkable."
Dong had previously rejected all business offers from game companies around the world, he said.
In fact, "N Project" will be the second game Dong creates after the commercial success of "Flappy Bird."
Previously he has released "Swing Copters" and its sequel which challenge players to get a pixelated sprite through swinging hammers for as long as possible with nothing but by tapping the screen.
Although the concept is similar to that of "Flappy Bird," which asked players to navigate a pixelated bird through Super Mario-like green pipes, the games have been far behind their predecessor.
"Flappy Bird" became the most downloaded app on both Apple Store and Google Play and which reportedly earned $50,000 a day from in-app ads in more than a month, before being pulled from the stores in February 2014.
Dong came back to the media spotlight last month when he had a casual, personal meeting with Google CEO Sundar Pichai in Hanoi. They reportedly discussed the local tech scene and the future of Vietnam's Internet economy, at a street-side tea shop.

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