Considered the most addictive game of 2014, Flappy Bird is heading back to the App Store after it was sensationally pulled by its developer Dong Nguyen in February.
The free game became wildly popular, reaching the top spot on the App Store and was reportedly earning Nguyen over US$50,000 per day, but Nguyen removed the app because of the unwelcome international attention the game brought him.
In response to a tweet overnight, Nguyen confirmed Flappy Bird would reappear on the App Store, but no time period was specified.
Earlier this month, the developer told Rolling Stone magazine how the game had impacted on his life, being described as a “ fraud, a con man and a thief” in media and blog posts and hearing stories of ”workers who had lost their jobs, a mother who had stopped talking to her kids”.
The tweet isn’t the first to hint at a return of Flappy Bird. At the San Francisco Game Developers’ Conference, a fan of the game ran into Nguyen and received the same response from the developer.
The removal of the game caused a stir in the iOS community with a number of opportunistic traders looking to sell their iPhones with Flappy Bird installed for exorbitant prices.
The following weeks also saw a number of imitation games to hit the App Store, causing Apple to begin a cull.