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Sega launching Zaxxon Escape for iOS and Android 'soon'

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Later this year, Sega will release a sequel to 1982 arcade classic Zaxxon for iOS and Android, offering an all-new perspective on the space shooter. Zaxxon Escape trades the original game's isometric shoot 'em up action for fast-paced, 3D space flight.

Sega's not offering many details on Zaxxon Escape other than to say it's coming soon to iPad, iPhone, and Google Play devices. Based on the teaser trailer and a handful of screenshots, Zaxxon Escape looks a lot like the mobile video game version of the Millenium Falcon's escape from the Death Star II at the end of Return of the Jedi. Escapegives the impression that it's a tilt-controlled flight game in which a player must guide the ship through plus-shaped openings in tunnels, avoiding obstacles along the way.

Power-ups like a cloaking device and auto pilot appear in some screens, as do coins — potentially Zaxxon Escape's monetization scheme.

The game's debut trailer doesn't deliver much beyond Zaxxon nostalgia and a promise that the mobile sequel is "escaping soon."

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