It was teased late last year, and later confirmed by the Birdman himself: a new Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater is in development at Activision and is currently slated for a 2015 release. Not much information about the next installment to the long running franchise has surfaced since then. Earlier today, however, a photo hit social media, potentially revealing the game’s title.
Tony Hawk’s caterer snapped a photo (seen below) at an event featuring the upcoming game. In the photo, behind a mass of banquet tables on a half-pipe, a large display features a logo for Tony Hawk 5. This title undoubtedly strikes a chord with fans of the series, as it appears that Activision will continue where they left off with 2002’s Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4, arguably the peak of the franchise. The last brand new entry in the series was Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground in 2007, while the last actual release was 2012’s Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD, a download-only remake of Tony Hawk’s first two games.
The photo, originally posted on Instagram, was swiftly removed. After the photo disappeared,Activision released a statement saying that Tony Hawk 5 is just a working title, and is not the name of the final product.
The Tony Hawk franchise has met with checkered success following Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4, and later releases received mixed reviews. If the franchise returns to the classic foundation laid down by the Pro Skater series, gamers will finally get the Tony Hawk game they’ve wanted for over a decade.
That being said, tacking the Pro Skater suffix onto the next Tony Hawk game won’t automatically make it successful. Fans of the series can only hope that the title leak is just one of many positive details to come. The new Tony Hawk game has been confirmed as PlayStation 4 release, with no word yet regarding Xbox One or last-generation consoles.
Activision has yet to announce a release date for Tony Hawk 5. However, Birdman’s tweet last year and the official announcement regarding a new Tony Hawk game at the Sony Press Conference during CES 2015 both confirm that the game is targeted to hit shelves in 2015. This leak could potentially lead to more news about the game, so fans should keep their ears peeled for more details, particularly as E3 creeps closer.
What’s on your wish list for a new Tony Hawk game? Are you hoping for a new Pro Skater, or something new altogether?