Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk has been the star of 16 different video games, dating back to 1999. His newest title, which is set to be released later this year, is going to be exclusive to mobile devices and TouchArcade editor-in-chief Eli Hodapp was able to get a hands-on look at the game earlier this week.
Tony Hawk's Shred Session is described as a lane-based vertical runner similar to Subway Surfers, but set in the Tony Hawk universe. The game is played in portrait mode and uses natural swiping gestures. According to Hodapp, the gameplay is "fluid," incorporating gestures to complete an array of tricks.
The big difference in Shred Session, compared to everything else out there, is how they took this formula that's been proven time and time again to work well on mobile, and added all the tricks you're used to from Tony Hawk games. How fluid it all goes together is actually super cool, as instead of just swiping to avoid objects and other junk in your way, you're swiping to ollie off ramps, swiping some more to do various tricks, and landing to keep your score going.
Shred Session has two separate game modes: Survival, where players need to continuously string tricks together and Shred Sessions, which asks players to complete a series of objectives. Tony Hawk himself gave Hodapp a demo of the gameplay:
Like many Tony Hawk games, Shred Session incorporates well-known skaters as playable characters, including Riley Hawk, Tony Hawk's son, and Chris Cole, a professional street skateboarder. Tony Hawk himself is also a playable character, of course.
Shred Session, which will be free to play, will see a release this summer. It will soft launch in a few weeks ahead of a full worldwide roll out later in the year. For more information on the game, including additional details on gameplay and characters, make sure to check out the full post over at TouchArcade.
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Edit: Looks like they actually removed it. :(
Agreed, no doubt it will be littered with in app purchases too.
I'd much rather them just port one of the classic PS1 games and charge £3-5 for it...