If you had to rewind the clocks around ten years or so, and have a look at what exactly was top of the charts back then, you might have noticed that the bestselling games of that generation were less first-person shooters, and more, well, everything else.
Tony Hawk was sitting high back then, as the fourth game in the franchise was raking in the cash. But ever since then, it’s been downhill for the Hawkster and many other genres of games that don’t feature more guns and regenerative health. Hell, that alone would make me play a game of FIFA, but that’s besides the point.
Hawk himself confirmed this fact of video gaming life, and with an HD recollection of his first two branded games hitting digital shelves soon, he had something to say about the risks involved for non-FPS games in today’s market.
“When our game was hitting really hard there were roughly 10-15 top games that were go-tos”, Hawk said to IGN.
Now there are only three or four that are the standard. If you’re not a first-person shooter at this point you’re kind of struggling. If you’re not Call of Duty, you’re not Halo, it’s super tricky out there.
Which is apparently why Tony Hawk HD wants to try something new.
“Now we can do it as digital content and make it that much less expensive”, Hawk said.
We’re releasing this game for $15, which is totally unheard of for a big franchise game. If successful, the new game will overcome the fact that “the skate genre is almost nonexistent” and bring it back into the limelight.
The dream for me is to release this as the base line for other best-of levels, but mostly so we can set a foundation and release new stuff. [In a few years] I would love to still be here and take advantage of new consoles as they come, including Wii-U and whatever else they have in the pipe.
I’ve always been a massive fan of the Tony Hawk games, but it’s hard to deny just how far they had fallen in later years, especially after the first Underground game, eventually devolving into a promotional package for Jackass and then culminating in the grand fail that was Tony Hawks Ride.
But this is one title that I’m saving up my digital currency for, when it releases on PS3 and Xbox 360 in July.
Last Updated: April 17, 2012