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E3 2015 – Talking Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 with The Birdman himself

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I may be the worst skateboarder in the real world, but I’m pretty much unstoppable when it comes to video games. Back in the day, I could nail grinds and kick-flips that’d pop me a million points, in the Tony Hawk Pro Skater franchise. I miss those days. The golden age of the THPS franchise hasn’t been felt in many an age. And it’s time to bring it all back, according to the Hawk himself.

At an event in downtown LA, I got the chance to not only speak to Tony Hawk, but to watch skateboarders do what they do best.: Rip up concrete and turn any surface into a grindable object. In fact, the location where the event was taking place, as none other than the actual first level of Tony Hawk Pro Skater: the Berrics.

According to the Hawk, he’d never skated here before, but the authenticity of the video game scan of that skateboarding arena had resulted in him already having memorised where each corner and rail was, thanks to the authentic design of the levels from developer Robomodo:

They worked hard at it, and it shows. I have never skated here before, and I knew the layout immediately, I knew where I would hit the quarter pipes and stuff like that.

So where has Tony Hawk been then? Ever since the franchise ventured into a certain direction that most of us would like to forget about, the series has been on a long hiatus. But according to Hawk, the time was finally right to bring the franchise back to life. Once he stopped skating that is:

Skating. I never stopped skating and I do a lot of shows and things like that, so I’ve been wanting to reboot the series for a while and I’ve heard all the requests for it through social media. I kept asking, I kept bugging Activision and we finally came to a place where new consoles, there’s enough of them out there where we can justify to make a game just for that.

Naming the game Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 however? That’s a very definite declaration of intent, towards the golden age of the series that this game is grinding towards with a 1080 reverse nose manual:

And to be honest, I had to fight for that name, because we really were directing it towards that same gameplay, that same control. This is the fifth game in that series.

The Hawkster is involved in the development of the game, as he explained that he was giving it his feedback on making it an authentic and detailed new entry into the genre:

I’m playing it every step of the way, every couple of weeks I get a new version and give my feedback. I’m more involved in the nuances of trying to keep it authentic, the skating, the soundtrack, the titles, stuff like that.

But there’s one other thing that makes a Tony Hawk game special. And if you’re thinking about grinding along a helicopter blade while Papa Roach’s Blood Brothers track plays, then you’re also wondering what kind of music we can expect in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5:

I think it’ll be along the same lines as what we’ve done in the past. Some underground tracks you haven’t heard before. Newer stuff, punk, hip hop. I wanted to represent skate culture as much as anything.

And according to Hawk, you can expect some “winningnest” skaters to star with him in THP5:

Andrew Reynolds is back, my son Riley is in it. Lizzie Armanto, Nyjah Huston who is the winningnest skater these days, Chris Cole. We have a superstar line-up.

By the way, according to this photo that I took with Tony Hawk, I’m now also his best friend. Probably. C’mon, let me in dammit!


Last Updated: June 17, 2015




    • Lord Chaos

      June 17, 2015 at 14:10

      I vote we cut him up.
      Sell his hand on Ebay as the hand that touched Tony Hawk.


    • Matthew Holliday

      June 17, 2015 at 14:14

      awesome right?
      its a pity he looks like he’s spent his entire life as a test subject for Breaking Bad.


  2. Kikmi

    June 17, 2015 at 14:04



  3. ElimiNathan

    June 17, 2015 at 14:10

    Nice man, and nice interview


  4. Kensei Seraph - Terran Ghost

    June 17, 2015 at 14:15

    Completely unrelated but I just remembered this and felt like sharing.

    So I nearly got MS Flight Sim X on Steam yesterday but then I came to my senses.


    • Blood Emperor Trevor

      June 17, 2015 at 14:17

      I would’ve got it for that price. Could have bought a couple of games I really want to play with what they paid me to take it.


      • Lord Chaos

        June 17, 2015 at 14:18

        And then hide it in your library list.


      • Kensei Seraph - Terran Ghost

        June 17, 2015 at 14:20

        To bad they had changed it to 80% in the time it took my internet to open the page.


    • Captain JJ Browmehn

      June 17, 2015 at 14:53

      When I checked it was $-11.51
      I’ve lost a whole -$1 !! 😀


    • hatmadter

      June 17, 2015 at 15:48

      …they would have given you $10.51 to take that game…


  5. Graeme Selvan

    June 17, 2015 at 14:30

    nice job chap!


  6. Captain JJ Browmehn

    June 17, 2015 at 14:52

    I was also very fortunate enough to meet Tony Hawk and Bob Burnquist.
    Cool people.


    • Mossel

      June 17, 2015 at 14:56

      Bob Burnquist!! Will never ever forget his Christ Air at X-Games the one year!


      • Captain JJ Browmehn

        June 17, 2015 at 15:01

        That year dude. I remember that year so well. He pretty much did a few things there that people didn’t think were possible before then.


  7. Mossel

    June 17, 2015 at 14:55

    Dammit now I’m getting hyped for this. That Blood Brothers whilst grinding a helicopter blade really hit me with them nostalgia feels.


  8. chimera_85

    June 17, 2015 at 16:24

    CANNOT WAIT.These guys are making me broker than broke though haha


  9. Irene E. Zimmerman

    June 17, 2015 at 22:11

    <-+++ My best friend's step-aunt makes $67 hourly on the laptop. She has been out of work for 7 months but last month her pay was $18355 just working on the laptop for a few hours. She actually started four months ago and pretty much immediately began to make more than $542… Every week.


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