Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater was once all the rage to gamers in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. With the massive popularity of skateboarding, being able to perform all of our favorite tricks and playing as our favorite skaters was one of the greatest gaming experiences for players at that time. And with Activision’s latest announcement it looks like we will be able to relive that experience once again, and in high definition!
Old vibes, new features
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 have been announced as the next games to be remastered by Vicarious Visions. The studio has experience with both the THPS franchise as well as remastering older games. Some of their latest titles include the PlayStation classic remaster Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy as well as the handheld versions of many THPS titles. Vicarious Visions COO Simon Ebejer said this about the revamped Create-A-Park feature of the games:
There are going to be ways to customize pieces to be able to build parks that have an organic feel (…) I think a lot of people are going to be able to recreate their local skate park in pretty damn near a precise detail.
From what we can gather the game will be as close to the original as possible in terms of controls and the familiar levels. The games feature all the big names from the skate scene, including Steve Caballero, Geoff Rowley, Bucky Lasek, Elissa Steamer, Kareem Campbell… and of course, Tony Hawk. The awesome soundtrack will also mostly return in the Remastered versions!
One of the other new things that sticks out though is the possibility to continue progress from the first game into the second one. Ebejer stated that “we didn’t want the game to be ‘Okay, you play Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1, and then play THPS2 and start over from scratch’, just like you would have if you bought the games back in the day.” Oh, and did we mention there’s multiplayer now? What fun is there in doing a 1080 kick flip with 2 minutes of airtime if you can’t share it with the crew, right?!
Price and availability
Either way, hopefully the remastered versions seem to live up to the nostalgia that so many of us remember. The basic version of the bundle costs $39.99, with a Deluxe version going for $49.99. The latter includes some additional content and gear. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater remastered is set to release on September 4th for PS4, Xbox One, and PC (Epic Store).