One of gaming’s rising studios is partnering with mobile publisher Chilllingo to release a new action title on smartphones and tablets.

Ninja Theory, the developer responsible for DmC: Devil May Cry, is producing a side-scrolling brawler with 3D visuals for iOS and Android called Fightback, according to a Chillingo blog. The title is free-to-play and looks to capture the spirit of ’80s action movies. It’s just a shame they couldn’t get the Roadhouse license.

“Chillingo is very excited to collaborate with such a talented, critically acclaimed studio to help shape their first title for the mobile market,” Chillingo chief operating officer Ed Rumley said in a statement. “Our team is working closely with Ninja Theory to ensure Fightback delivers a phenomenal experience for mobile and tablet devices.”

Chillingo has a larger roster of core and casual games for mobile devices. It’s focused primarily on iOS, but it is slowly expanding its Android offerings. Ninja Theory, on the other hand, is a team of console veterans. In addition to DmC, the studio also produced action-adventure title Enslaved: Odyssey to the West (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC) and character-action game Heavenly Sword (PS3).

“Mobile and tablet gaming is a phenomenon that we just couldn’t ignore as a studio and we’re very proud to be working with one of the industry’s heavy-weights on bringing Fightback to market,” Ninja Theory product manager Dominic Matthews said. “Ninja Theory has always strived for the highest production values and that absolutely remains the case in this exciting new space.”

Critics and gamers, even those that don’t love Ninja Theory games, admit the developer is capable of producing high-quality visuals and design. That’s a rare occurrence in mobile titles and is something that could set Fightback apart.