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Tony Hawk Looking to Make New Video Game Without Activision

written by Jude Kasekamp February 2, 2017
Tony Hawk skateboarding at event

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater is an iconic brand in the world of video games. It established the genre and produced hit after hit. THPS 5 was supposed to reinvigorate the series, but it became very apparent upon its release that it was an exercise in seeing how many glitches fit into a single game. Now, Tony Hawk himself revealed that he is in talks with developers to put out a new game, but will not be involving publisher Activision this time. Let’s break this down.

Tony Hawk skateboarding at event

A Video Game Revolution

Just like many kids from my generation, Tony Hawk was a hero of mine. There aren’t many pro athletes at the top of their respective sports as clean-cut and successful. When the first THPS was developed by Neversoft and published by Activision in 1999, it made skating accessible to a massive audience, and was especially lucrative for Tony. The next 3 entries in the Pro Skater series were successively even better. They allowed people who had never stepped on a skateboard to experience the sport, and allowed kids like me to do the 900 like it was nothing.

The Dynasty Falters

The games carried on after the “Pro Skater” moniker was dropped, though positive reviews and strong sales began faltering in 2007 with Proving Ground. In that generation, EA‘s Skate outsold the brand that had owned the genre. After several other rocky entries, future games were put off until Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5THPS 5 was panned almost universally and really tripped up what should have been Tony’s triumphant return.

The Future for Tony Hawk

Tony’s contract with Activision expired in 2015, which freed him up to choose a new partner for a future title. He told Yahoo! Finance that he would love to move into virtual reality:

“I like the free-roaming element of VR, the idea that you can really explore huge worlds in 3D, and to an extent the motion, because it does feel immersive. It feels like your stomach’s falling out of your chest when you’re free-falling and things like that. That to me is really exciting, because I don’t feel like we’ve had that in any other video game realm.”

After experimenting with pricey peripherals, this would be a great compromise. It would set a new skating game apart from previous games, without charging people $120 for a plastic skateboard deck. Tony seems to be moving forward with the idea and sounds excited about making his big comeback. Jenkem asked him if there were plans for another game. He answered:

“Not from Activision. I’m potentially working on something but it’s so early I couldn’t talk about it. I don’t have any contracts signed but it’s exciting. I feel like it’s with the right people so I should know more in the next couple months.”

10/10 Would Buy

As a fan of the early games, up through Underground 2, I am excited as well. VR is the present and future, and I would love to hop on a virtual board and go to town on a quarter pipe. After all, my knees aren’t what they used to be.

What about you, geeks? Are you tired of skating games, or would you buy the next Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater? Sound off in the comments!


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