It's the final frontier for Angry Birds. 


Rovio, the developer behind the international hit, has announced that the next great adventure in the video game franchise will happen in outer space. The firm was cryptic in revealing anything more on its website, but Yahoo! managed to score an exclusive that pulls the curtain back on what to expect. 


"You'll be lobbing birds on entirely new planets while contending with zero gravity, leading to new gameplay elements like slow-motion puzzles and 'lightspeed' destruction," the site says. "And just like with other Angry Birds games, expect those outer-space physics to be dead on."


Beyond some new birds and other surprises, Rovio's North America GM Andrew Stalbow adds that this new version of Angry Birds will also aim to enrich the mind. "Science and education are very important to us, and we're very excited to have NASA and National Geographic as launch partners on Angry Birds Space," he told Yahoo! Games.


Of course, this isn't the first time an angry bird has left the planet. Back in November, two Russian cosmonauts on their way to the International Space Station took a toy red bird from the game along for the ride. When the small plush bird began to float inside the Soyuz, it signaled to the crew that they had reached orbit.


Since its release in 2009, Angry Birds has been downloaded a staggering 700 million times across a variety of mobiles devices and other platforms. Beyond a planned movie and potential television series, the franchise has also sold more than 10 million Angry Birds toys and other items. 
You can see a brief (and really terrible) trailer for Angry Birds Space below. The game will be released on March 22. 

Michael d'Estries ( @michaeldestries ) covers science, technology, art, and the beautiful, unusual corners of our incredible world.

'Angry Birds Space' coming in March
NASA and National Geographic will be partners for the next adventure in the smash-hit video game franchise.