Today at Anime Expo, Lab Zero and Hidden Variable Studios announced that Skullgirls, the popular 2D fighter currently available for Xbox, PlayStation, and PC will be coming to Android and iOS devices later this year.
This over the top brawler pits a cast of female fighters against one another in hopes of obtaining the Skull Heart, an artifact that grants wishes for women. However, if the wish is made by an impure soul, she is turned into the next Skullgirl, a monster that is sent to terrorize and cause destruction. Originally created as a console/PC fighter, developer Lab Zero is working with mobile game developer Hidden Variable Studios to bring the game to your Android or iOS devices.
In order to make the game work for mobile devices, the Android and iOS version of the game have been re-worked into a more casual mobile experience. The mobile games will be designed to compliment the console games, with the story serving as a prequel to that of the console experience.
Gamers excited to try out the mobile experience can sign up for a closed beta with early access to the game with the ability to provide feedback. You can sign up for the beta on Hidden Variable’s website. The link should be live as of the time of publishing, but if not check back in a few hours.
You can read more about the upcoming mobile game in the full press release below. Are you excited about the mobile version of Skullgirls? Will you sign up for the closed beta? Tell us what you think in the comment section below, or on Google+, Facebook, or Twitter.
FULL PRESS RELEASE
SKULLGIRLS TO FIGHT ITS WAY ONTO MOBILE DEVICES LATER THIS YEAR
At a live panel at Anime Expo, mobile game developer Hidden Variable Studios, alongside Skullgirls franchise developer Lab Zero, announced that a Skullgirls mobile game is launching later this year. Created for both iOS and Android, Skullgirls distills the essence of a complex fighting game into a more casual, accessible mobile experience with RPG elements.
The mobile game is designed to tell complimentary stories to the console game, with the game’s first “season” acting as a prequel to the Console game. The mobile game features dozens of characters and special moves to collect and upgrade – from Parasite Weave Filia to Epic Sax Big Band. In addition, Skullgirls will have RPG progression, customization, team/deck building mechanics and a Fight Assist feature that lets players take on a more turn-based, tactical role in combat.
In light of the fact that the Skullgirls franchise has one of the most passionate fan bases in gaming, the team also announced a Closed Beta where fans can sign up today for a chance to download and play the mobile game in advance and provide feedback.
“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. “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.”
Critically acclaimed for appealing to both hardcore fighting game fans and casual gamers, Skullgirls made its triumphant return to fans in 2013 after its developer Lab Zero’s successful Indiegogo crowd funding campaign. Most recently, Skullgirls 2nd Encore launched on the PS Vita on April 5th of this year. The global hit franchise has sold millions of copies across console and PC.
Skullgirls will launch later this year on iOS and Android. The mobile game is developed by Hidden Variable Studios and published by Autumn Games. Lab Zero developed the Skullgirls franchise.