A teaser image for 'Angry Birds Space' ©All rights reserved - Rovio

(Relaxnews) – Angry Birds Space will be the biggest Angry Birds launch since the 2009 original, with simultaneous animation, publishing and retail releases in the works, says series creator Rovio.

Rovio is linking up with both NASA and National Geographic for the new game, promising entirely new elements to feature within Angry Birds Space, with more details to come on March 8.

The Finnish company has already branched out into soft toys and branded clothes, at times even taking inspiration from popular unofficial merchandise encountered on business trips abroad.

The multimedia approach is one that’s been tried and tested by another company, French outfit Ankama Studio, which supports its online games DofusDofus Arenaand Wakfu with a range of comic books, magazines, clothing and figurines, not forgetting the new animated TV series that’s in the works.

Official website: space.angrybirds.com