The sequel to the granddaddy of endless running games, Temple Run, will be hitting the App Store tonight, and is already in the New Zealand App Store. Temple Run 2 features the same great swipe and tilt evasion action that you've come to love with a few new additions.
For one, the graphics have been fully overhauled, and include a bunch of new settings. You'll be running over hills, racing through mines, and sliding down zip lines, just to name a few. Secondly, there's a new ability system where in addition to snagging power-ups between collecting coins on the course, players can also activate abilities such as shields with a double-tap. There are three unlockable runners, if you want to mix things up, as well as the usual purchasable upgrades.
At this point, there have been a ton of high-quality games using the same shtick, such as Agent Dash and Subway Surfers, but Temple Run still maintains a kind of classic appeal that will be hard to replicate. How many of you guys are still playing the first Temple Run regularly?
As the original, Temple Run 2 is going to be free to play, with optional in-app purchases for coins and gems. Expect it to hit the North American App Store here at around 11 PM EST tonight, or you can go ahead and switch app stores to get the New Zealand version, if you're in a real rush. There's no official announcement just yet, but check out the early gameplay video after the jump.
Update: It's out, and it's free, so download now.