UK-based indie studio Mode 7 Games announced that Frozen Synapse, its much-praised turn-based tactical PC title, will release for iPad -- the studio says it's worked on the project for a while now, and expects to release it in the first half of 2012.

The developer says Frozen Synapse's iOS port will "definitely" have cross-platform play with the PC edition, so folks on both platforms will be able to command their teams of virtual soldiers against each other in Laser Squad Nemesis-style combat.

Mode 7's Paul Taylor reassures current fans, "I don’t want people to worry that we’re going to abandon FS on its current platforms – we’re actually working right now to hire another team member so we can give it more attention and update it more efficiently."

The studio says it still has a "a lot of work to do on the interface as well as some additional tweaks" at the moment, but it will be ready for a beta after that. You can see photos of people checking out the iOS game at a recent meet here.