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After proving a success in both its PC and console iterations, the next step for cult favorite 2D sandbox game Terraria is to join the ranks of portable games designed for mobile platforms.

This morning publisher 505 Games announced its plan to bring Terraria to the world’s extant mobile platforms. To wit:

Now mobile gamers can gear up for the action because Terraria is headed to phones and tablets so players anywhere can dig, fight, explore and build!

Players will discover more than a dozen environments and face treacherous perils including over a hundred twisted foes, magical creatures and villainous bosses. The controls have been completely redesigned for touch screens and every aspect of the game has been tweaked and balanced to give players the perfect on the go Terraria experience.

Terraria for mobile platforms will support leader boards, achievements and Facebook integration so you can share screenshots of your adventures and creations. In development by Codeglue, Terraria for phones and tablets will be available starting this summer.

While the announcement fails to mention which mobile platforms Terraria will soon call home, it’s pretty easy to guess that the title will be aimed at the iOS and Android markets. At this point those are the two major-bordering-on-sole mobile platforms, and any alternatives would likely be less than profitable for 505 Games.

While welcome – Terraria’s intensely addictive nature should make it a perfect fit for your smartphone or tablet of choice, assuming 505 can translate the game’s controls properly – the idea of a mobile Terraria isn’t all that novel. In March we reported on the publisher’s plans to deliver a Vita version of Terraria at some point this summer, and it appears that this mobile platform initiative joins that effort as another step toward world domination for the plucky, sprite-based construction title.

Though unable or unwilling to offer a solid release date just yet, 505 Games swears that this iteration of Terraria will debut this summer. As such we expect a solid release date and pricing details to emerge very soon, and we’ll bring you that information just as soon as it’s been officially confirmed (or, failing that, once the info is heavily rumored, assuming it’s a slow news day).

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