In an interview with Larry King two months ago, skateboarding legend Tony HawkÂ announced he was working on a brand new skateboarding game for mobile devices that would utilizeÂ a swipe control system, but he refused to detail what itâdÂ be about.
That mystery is now solved as TouchArcade got an exclusive hands-on preview of Tony Hawkâs Shred Session, a lane-based vertical runner coming to the iPhone and iPad this summer. We have a video, screenshots and a couple new pieces of information right after the breakâ¦
Because the game plays like an endless runner (thinkÂ Subway Surfers and the like), on-screen controls are accessible to novice players as the game doesnât require you to memorize complex combinations to perform combos. Instead, Shred Session tasks you to control your character using the familiar swipe gestures.
Those are some really nice graphics for a mobile device!
In addition to the obligatoryÂ Survival mode where you combine tricks together for as long as you can, thereâs also Shred Sessions mode where the player must complete a series of objectives. The game includes playable skateboarding charactersÂ like Chris Cole, Riley HawkÂ (Tony Hawkâs son) and of courseÂ Tony Hawk himself.
I know what you must be thinking, âthis is going to be a hell of a difficult game to controlâ because â" after all -Â itâs about skateboarding and challenging tricks, no?
According to Hodapp, itâll be âsuper coolâ:
How fluid it all goes together is actually super cool, as instead of just swiping to avoid objects and other junk in your way, youâre swiping to ollie off ramps, swiping some more to do various tricks, and landing to keep your score going.
Hopefully, all that dragging and swiping wonât get old fast.
The game will soft-launch soon in a limited set of international App Stores (New Zealand, Australia and Canada, Iâd guess) before rolling out globallyÂ thisÂ summer.