Lab Zero Games' 2D fighting game Skullgirls is coming to mobile devices later this year, thanks to developer Hidden Variable Studios (Tic Tactics, Threes). The Android and iOS version of the 2012 game will be more than just a port, however; it will incorporate deck-building mechanics featuring dozens of collectible fighter variations and tactical, turn-based elements.
Skullgirls for mobile platforms "distills the essence of a complex fighting game into a more casual, accessible mobile experience with RPG elements," the developers said in a press release. Players will be able to collect and customize variations of the Skullgirls cast, including characters such as Parasite Weave Filia, Resonant Evil Big Band, Silent Kill Valentine and Primed Parasoul.
A "Fight Assist" feature lets players experience Skullgirls as "a more turn-based, tactical" combat experience.
Hidden Variable's mobile game will feature season-based gameplay, with the first acting as a prequel to the Skullgirls console game.
"I've always been a huge fan of Skullgirls, so the opportunity to bring this amazing cast of characters and unique fighting mechanics to mobile has been a labor of love for all of us over the past two years," said Charley Price, co-founder and creative director at Hidden Variable Studios, in a release. "I think hardcore fans of the console game will really love the way we've captured the essence of fighting gameplay in a simpler, mobile-friendly package, whereas more casual fans will be able to enjoy an awesome accessible experience that explores new stories set in the Skullgirls universe."
"Over the years, we've seen no shortage of proposals to do a simple mobile puzzle game with Skullgirls assets, and that's not what Skullgirls is about," said Peter Bartholow, CEO of Lab Zero Games. "But it was immediately clear that Hidden Variable understood the nuance, creativity and depth that made Skullgirls so popular, and we cannot wait for fans to check out the mobile game."
Hidden Variable will hold a closed beta test for the game. Sign ups to test Skullgirls on mobile go live today.