It’s been nearly 13 years since we’ve last seen a Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater title that wasn’t a remake. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4 released back in 2002, and since then it’s been Undergrounds, American Wastelands and Shred Sessions. Most without much critical appeal. Hopefully that all changes later this year.
Activision, under the care of developer Robomodo (Tony Hawk: Ride, Tony Hawk: Shred, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD), has officially revealed Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5. In a Game Informer exclusive feature this month, the magazine has popped the lid off of the title many already guessed was coming. Mr. Hawk has been hinting at it via vague tweets for quite a while, and Activision confirmed back in February 2013 that a new Tony Hawk title was on the way. We just didn’t know what form it would take.
But all that changes today. The series is set to return to its roots it seems. Here’s Game Informer description of the project:
“Pro Skater 5 is a call back to the old-school lineage of the first four titles – back when the franchise was in its prime. The game weds the series’ finely tuned gameplay with new additions such as power-ups and the ability to shoot projectiles for specific missions.”
While “shoot projectiles” doesn’t exactly scream “old-school” Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, the rest of the project certainly emits a nostalgic feel. Although, if the included screenshots are anything to judge by, the graphical level of a project certainly has room for improvement before Activision planned 2015 release.
Activision and Robomodo have also revealed an initial list of skaters to be included. The Birdman is a lock, but with him are the following confirmed skaters both old and new: Nyjah Huston, Aaron Homoki, Ishod Wair, Riley Hawk, Lizzie Armanto, Chris Cole, David Gonzalez, Leticia Bufoni, and Andrew Reynolds.
As far a features go, it appears it will be more of the same with upgrades on par with our modern consoles. Game Informer promises that the game “features a new set of levels packed with objectives and missions you can complete solo or with friends via online co-op and competitive play. Whether you just want to have a session with friends or strangers or want to level up your character online and then take them offline, the game’s online flow is seamless. Your created skate parks can also be shared with world.”
“Pro Skater 5 is a call back to the old-school lineage of the first four titles – back when the franchise was in its prime.”
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 is planned for later this year on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 editions will follow “shortly thereafter.” You can read Game Informer’s initial coverage of the title here on their site. Although, here’s a crackpot theory you can only get exclusively here at Victory Point: the below screenshot stating that “school is back in session on August 11” hints at the title’s release date. You heard it here first…
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 will surely play a role at E3 this year. We’ll have more coverage for you then, unless news grinds its way to us sooner. Checkout Game Informer’s full image gallery below.