Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 has a lot of nostalgic name value to live up to. The first few games, developed by Neversoft Studios, stand out as bold, innovative takes on the sports genre, and opened up doors through which other extreme sports classics like Jet Set Radio would later walk. Although the series has been away for some time, when Activision announced that the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater franchise would return in the hands of developer Robomodo it became clear that there were still a lot of fans eager at the chance to skate again.
If it wasn’t obvious from the start, then the amount of hype generated around the game certainly clued the rest of the gaming world in that Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 would still be big business. Conan O’Brien even featured the latest entry into the Tony Hawk franchise as part of his “Clueless Gamer” series alongside Lil’ Wayne. Unfortunately, the final release hasn’t lived up to the level of anticipation that preceeded it, and Activision has now addressed that disappointment directly.
In a brief statement, Activision acknowledges that there are a number game-breaking bugs present in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5, and expressed a desire to fix them. However, the publisher currently has no timetable for fixes. The Activision representative’s exact statement is as follows:
“We are aware of the issues that players have experienced following the launch of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 and are working with the developer to address these so that we can continue to improve the gameplay experience.”
As it turns out, there might be a logical reason for the game’s lack of polish. Activision and Tony Hawk signed a publishing deal in 2002 that expires this year, and this revelation has led some to question just how committed Activision was to the franchise. It isn’t publicly known whether or not the contract has been extended, but if not, it would also imply that Activision needed to release the game this year prior to the deal’s expiration.
Regardless of the reason, there’s no excuse that justifies unleashing an error-filled mess upon the general public. When one of the best things that can be said about a game is that it has a nice soundtrack, there are obviously some core issues that need addressing. At the very least, Activision’s statement shows that it’s aware of the state of their newest game, but that’s only a start on the long road.
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Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 is available now for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.