UK studio Big Bit is developing a new mobile-exclusive entry in the long-running Tony Hawk's Pro Skater franchise for iOS and Android devices, publisher Activision announced this week.

Tony Hawk's Shred Session features a pair of gameplay modes that put a touchscreen-specific spin on the series' traditional skateboarding mechanics. The core Shred Sessions mode features objective-based gameplay in the vein of classic series entries, letting players compare their best scores with friends. Also included is a Survival mode, which challenges players to string together a chain of tricks and combos for as long as possible.

Tony Hawk's Shred Session will launch this summer via iTunes and Google Play.

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Tony Hawk's Shred Session (5/2/14)

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ACTIVISION AND TONY HAWK ANNOUNCE TONY HAWK'S SHRED SESSION, COMING SOON FOR SELECT APPLE AND ANDROID MOBILE DEVICES

Minneapolis, MN – May 1, 2014 – Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI) and Tony Hawk today announced Tony Hawk's Shred Session, a brand new title developed natively for smartphones and tablets by UK studio Big Bit. Currently planned to release this summer, Tony Hawk's Shred Session will see players swiping the screens of their respective Apple and Android devices with a single finger to perform trick combos as they skate through levels as a top pro. These simple, intuitive touchscreen controls make pulling off tricks easy and fun, while leveling-up and unlocking more advanced tricks will give longtime fans the depth and complexity they expect in a Tony Hawk game.

"I'm stoked that Activision shares my vision for an original skateboarding game on mobile," said Tony Hawk. "It's exciting to evolve with new technologies, and Shred Session is a whole new direction."

From the Santa Monica boardwalk to the twisted streets of London, every locale in the game has been reimagined as a skater's dream. There are two modes in Tony Hawk's Shred Session: Survival, where players pull off continuous tricks and combos as long as they can; and Shred Sessions, where players rip through levels to complete classic Tony Hawk game objectives, or compete head-to-head against friends' top scores.

Real world skateboarding detail has not been overlooked, as players will be able to choose to skate as one of six modern day pros (Chris Cole, Aaron "Jaws" Homoki, Lizzie Armanto, David Gonzalez, Riley Hawk, and of course Tony Hawk himself), each with their own signature moves. Each rider can be outfitted with real skate brand apparel, and decks can be customized with signature designs that include bonuses to help reach even higher scores.

For more info on Tony Hawk's Shred Session for select Apple and Android mobile devices, follow the game on Facebook at www.facebook.com/THShredSession or on Instagram at @THShredSession.

About Tony Hawk, Inc.

Tony Hawk, Inc. is a world leader in its field with the unprecedented ability to bring alternative sports and their unique lifestyle to the masses while maintaining an indispensable edge of authenticity with the market's hard-core, trendsetting audience. Founded by Tony Hawk in 1998 and based in Vista, CA, the company is organized into five segments: Merchandising, Events, Endorsements, Film and Digital Media. Consumer goods bearing the Tony Hawk brand have dominated several markets, including interactive games, skateboard hard goods, lifestyle apparel, toys, publications and more.

About Activision Publishing, Inc.

Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Publishing, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products.

Activision maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Spain, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Australia, South Korea, China and the region of Taiwan. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company's website, www.activision.com.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.