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Update: Fieldrunners HD now deploying in Android Market on the 7th of July: still 99 cents (62p) for first 24 hours

Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja, Cut The Rope – these hit iPhone games which have all enjoyed successful second runs on the Android Market are soon to be joined by Fieldrunners, the insanely popular tower defence game.

Originally, Fieldrunners HD was thought to be released to the Android Market for free for a 24 hour period on Thursday.

A recent update to the original post on the Fieldrunners blog shows that this isn’t the case; it’s apparently not possible to release a free app and then change it to a paid app.

So instead, Subatomic Studios is releasing it at the “minimum allowable amount,” or 99 US cents, which currently works out at around 62p. After the 24 hour introductory period, the price will then revert to $2.99 or roughly £1.88.

Apparently, devs can launch apps for free for an introductory period on the Amazon App Store, but we’re glad that Subatomic is sticking to the Android Market – it means that the game won’t be relegated to the (still) US-only Amazon App Store.

The Android Market already has a healthy dose of tower defence games to check out; our favourites include the classic Robo Defense (of which there is also an HD version) and the hex-cellent HexDefence. But a new tower defence game is always welcome – there’s no such thing as too much of a good thing.

Subatomic said in a update that it is “still reaching out to alternative marketplaces that may allow us to launch for free, so all is not lost.” We’re keeping our fingers crossed for it arriving on Getjar.

Update: Subatomic has followed up with another blog post. Fieldrunners HD looks set to be coming to the Android Market later tomorrow. It’s due to launch at 12am PST (7am over here) both on the Amazon AppStore (in the US) and globally in the Android Market.

As before, for the first 24 hours, you’ll be able to buy it for the equivalent of $1 from the Market, before it resumes its regular price of $2.99.

Source: Fieldrunners

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