The next skateboarding game to bear the name of legendary skater Tony Hawk is Tony Hawk's Shred Session, a free-to-play title developed by U.K. studio Big Bit that is coming to iOS and Android this summer.
Shred Session takes the form of a vertically oriented endless runner, except you're skating and doing tricks. Swipe gestures handle actions like ollies (jumps), tricks and landings. The game will include two modes. In Survival, players attempt to keep up a run by performing tricks in quick succession. Shred Sessions task the player with completing objectives that will be familiar to fans of the Tony Hawk franchise: collecting the letters in "skate," getting big air in a half pipe and more.
At launch, Shred Session will feature five different locations and six playable skaters, including Hawk himself, along with Chris Cole, Aaron "Jaws" Homoki, Lizzie Armanto, David Gonzalez and Riley Hawk. The business model features two currency systems, coins and bills. Players earn coins while playing and can spend them on cosmetic items, such as real skate brand apparel and customizable decks. In addition, players have the option of spending real money on bills to accelerate progress through the game's experience system.
Activision will soft-launch Shred Session in a few weeks and release the game worldwide this summer. For more, check out TouchArcade's video report, in which Hawk plays the game on an iPhone, below.