Skateboarding video games seemed to have come and gone, but it’s easy to forget that for a while they were a massive genre. And if at anytime you played a good skating game, odds are you played a Tony Hawk title. The series got a little bumpy somewhere around number 5, but 1 and 2 in particular hold a gnarly place in many a heart. The games felt fantastic, were a heck of a lot of fun and perfectly captured an era and thanks to some amazingly apt music. And yesterday we got the news that we can visit that iconic time once again.
Rumours about something ‘Tony Hawk-related’ had been surfacing for some time now. And while many suspected a brand new title, I suspect most will be thrilled with the news that Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 and 2 are being remade. The announcement was made by Activision the team behind the new remake and in their blog post here – they reveal a lot of the kind of information you want to hear from a ‘remake’ (even though they’re calling it a remaster – but we’ll forgive them for that one).
First up the visuals are all getting updated (4K, 60 FPS). The full roster of original skaters makes a comeback, as do the locations and (at least some of) the music. Players can play solo, local co-op and online multiplayer and while tricks and modes from the original return there is new stuff to look forward to too. The Create-A-Skater and Create-A-Park also return and all-in-all this seems like a pretty sweet nostalgia hit with all the modern bells and whistles. Look out for the game on the “PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Pro, the family of Xbox One devices from Microsoft, including the Xbox One X, and on PC via Epic2” all set to launch on the 4th of September 2020.