Just two days ago, the first update to Angry Birds Space was released. It brought about a couple of major changes. One was the inclusion of 20 free Space Eagles up front, with the provision of an extra Space Eagle by logging in to the game every day. The other was the addition of a new planet called Fry Me to the Moon, which contains 10 new levels. Along with this new playable planet comes the teasing of an upcoming one. In my post about the update, I noted that the “coming soon” planet bears the image of a green pig greedily chomping on an enticingly glazed and sprinkled donut. It turns out that, as pointed out by TechCrunch, the donut in question looks a lot like Homer Simpson’s favorite donut. What could this possibly mean?

Mmm... Donut!

It could mean that Rovio is hinting at an upcoming appearance by “The Simpsons” characters in the next Angry Birds Space update, in a new Angry Birds title, or perhaps in an altogether new game from the hugely successful entertainment company. In response to this, Rovio has said that it “doesn’t comment on rumors or speculation — but this isn’t far-fetched by any means.” I don’t know about you, but the latter part of Rovio’s statement effectively counts as a comment, and an encouraging one at that.

Note that Rovio is no stranger to the idea of media property crossovers. It has struck a partnership with Fox Entertainment Group for the development of Angry Birds Rio, based on the 2011 animated film “Rio.” As it happens, Fox is also the production and distribution company behind “The Simpsons,” so Rovio is right in implying that seeing Homer eat his favorite donut in outer space with some angry birds and green pigs is not at all far-fetched. Besides, Angry Birds has been featured on “The Simpsons” on more than one occasion, as evidenced by the clips below.

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