If there’s one genre that has been missing for too long in gaming right now, it’s skateboarding games. The last truly decent title released along those grinding lines was EA’s Skate 3 back in 2010. The Tony Hawk franchise was still around then, but it had become a poor parody of itself, bailing out and delivering a sub-standard game every year. It got to a point where the series eventually went dormant, with the last true game being Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground in 2007. But it looks like the Hawk will fly again.
Because according to the man himself, Activision is working on a new title right now:
I’m currently working with Activision on a console game for 2015 (along with a new mobile game). I think fans of THPS series will be hyped.
— Tony Hawk (@tonyhawk) November 7, 2014
That makes me way too happy. Especially if said new game isn’t along the lines of those other Tony Hawk games, such as Shred and Ride. In fact, the best Tony Hawk game may just be one that was a nod to the past in the form of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD which was released back in 2012. Slick new visuals, classic gameplay and a return to basics that resonated so well resulted in one fine-ass HD remastering.
That’s the kind of Tony Hawk game I want to see, one that takes the ideas of yesterday and dresses them up in the flair of today. Hell, pinch some ideas from EA while you’re at it, and throw in some of those analogue stick control scheme ideas for good measure as well.
The only question however, is which studio is handling this game? Neversoft is now dead, but I’d put easy money on Robomodo being in charge after the franchise after proving their skating chops with the HD remaster. And I’d have no problem with that grind whatsoever.
Last Updated: November 10, 2014