To think a week ago we were in a skating slump. Hopes for Skate 4 were crushed by the Skate 3 Mobile leak and there was no concrete info on a new Pro Skater game. However, a remaster for Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 was announced on Tuesday by Activision alongside the Birdman himself as a birthday celebration. Both games have been remade from the ground up and will be released on September 4th for Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC. Unfortunately it seems this collection will not be coming to the Switch.
Happy Birthday to the Birdman, @TonyHawk!
All set to shred again?
Grind into Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2; Remastered from Ramp to Rail!
Set to launch on September 4, 2020.
Details, trailer, and pre-order info HERE: https://t.co/CAIbNuWLW9
— Activision (@Activision) May 12, 2020
The game takes almost everything from the originals and builds upon it. Rather than jump back and forth from 1 to 2, both games have been condensed into one where players can pick and choose between all the levels as they please unlocking parts for the revamped ‘Create-A-Park’ mode. The visuals have had a major overhaul, never have I seen something so familiar look so fresh. And it’s not just Tony making a comeback, Activision states “Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 and 2 will feature the full original roster of pro skaters from the turn of the 21st century.” so we’ll be seeing a lot of familiar faces and hopefully this will include secret skaters like Spiderman and Private Carrera. Just going by the trailer it looks gorgeous which makes me jealous of anyone who plays it dazzling 4k.
A lot of the original tracks are back though some will be missing due to licensing issues. Since the first games are over twenty years old now this is no surprise, but artists like Dead Kennedys, Papa Roach and Bad Religion among others have been confirmed. The remaster features new modes and challenges allowing players to beat this solo or with friends locally and online. Not only that but new online modes will let players share their own skate parks and compete against each other to climb to the top of leaderboards.
Originally the Pro Skater games were developed by Neversoft which merged with Infinity Ward in 2014 so Vicarious Visions are taking the lead on the remaster. Most known for the Guitar Hero series the studio have already got a history with the Pro Skater franchise having developed well received handheld variations of the main series. On top of that they did a great job of the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy and intend to keep the feel of the originals so they play just how we remember making them a fitting choice for this project.
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