When Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater originally launched in 1999, the game was a breath of fresh air in a genre that hadn’t evolved since 720 for the NES. THPS, as it came to be known, combined slick arcade-style gameplay with an addictive combo system and a wonderful soundtrack.
The game was a hit, and a franchise was born. Game after game was released bearing the Tony Hawk name, but as the scope of the series grew, the quality began to decline. After a decade of shredding, the series went quiet. That is until Activision released a Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD, a high definition remake of THPS and THPS2, in 2012 as a downloadable game for Xbox Live and PSN. Despite lacking a multiplayer mode, reaction was positive, and fans hailed the series return to its roots. After this, the series once again went quite, but Tony Hawk teased that something was brewing.
Activision clearly took this cry for a classic THPS game to heart, and has announced that Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 is finally coming, and it’s going to be a serious return to form for the franchise. While there have been 10 sequels and spin-offs since Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4 released all the way back in 2002, Activision says the title is indicative of the franchise’s return to its roots.
The game, set for release later in the year for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, is said to fuse the old-school objective-based gameplay found in original THPS games with new additions such as power-ups and the ability to shoot projectiles for specific missions. While Activision has not yet revealed a level line-up or said if any fan favorite skate spots will reappear, the publisher has said that the game will feature a variety of new locals that can be tackled solo or with a friend. Activision has promised that the game will feature a seamless online mode, allowing players to pop in into an online session with a friend to bust some tricks and then leave the session to play the level alone.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 will also bring back the fan favorite create-a-park mode, allowing gamers to create their dream skate parks. Unlike the old days, friends won’t have to huddle around the same PlayStation to play a created park; now, parks can now be uploaded online and shared with the world.
While Activision has not yet revealed plans for a create-a-skater mode, the publisher has announced that pro skaters, both old and new to the THPS franchise, will be featured in the game. Nyjah Huston, Aaron Homoki, Ishod Wair, Riley Hawk, Lizzie Armanto, Chris Cole, David Gonzalez, Leticia Bufoni, and Andrew Reynolds are all available to olly, grab, and grind through the Tony Hawk 5 world.
While Activision has shared screens of the upcoming game for Xbox One and PlayStation 4, the publisher has not yet revealed what gamers can expect from the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game. Activision has simply stated that the game is coming for last-gen system, and that the actual release date will be announced at a later date.
While the Skate series brought some much needed innovation to the skateboarding video game world, it’s been quite a while since a skating game really shook things up. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skate 5 is shaping up to be a shot in the arm for the skating genre, and it appears to be the THPS game fans have been clamoring for.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 releases for PS4, Xbox One, PS3, and Xbox 360 later this year
Source: Game Informer