Retailer listings suggest that the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 version of the troubled Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 will be available to purchase as soon as tomorrow.
One of the year’s biggest disappointments was Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5, a game that released as a buggy mess by all accounts. Considering the massive backlash against the game, one would have expected the last-gen version to be canned entirely. On the contrary, it appears as though PS3 and Xbox 360 owners will have a chance to pick it up tomorrow.
After initially delaying the last-gen version, it looks as though Activision is releasing Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on December 15th. There was no official announcement from Activision on this, but rather, this information comes from retailer listings that peg the game to launch tomorrow.
Those that are interested in picking up Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 for PS3 and Xbox 360 should be aware that it has less content than the new-gen version of the game, mainly due to the fact that it has no online multiplayer functionality. Couple this information with the possibility that the last-gen version is just as buggy as the game has been on PS4 and Xbox One, and it becomes clear that consumers should be cautious before deciding to take the plunge with Pro Skater 5.
What’s unclear is whether or not the last-gen version will enjoy some of the free DLC that has been released for the game since launch. It’s also unknown if the last-gen version will be released with the various bug fixes on-disc, or if gamers should expect a hefty day one patch for Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 on PS3 and Xbox 360 as well.
It will be interesting to see how many people purchase Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 for PS3 and Xbox 360. Despite some blunders with the franchise in recent years, the Tony Hawk name still carries significant clout in the gaming industry, as most of the games in the series have enjoyed critical acclaim. The first four Pro Skater games have been especially praised, and this may trick unwitting consumers into purchasing a game that lacks online multiplayer and is potentially a broken experience.
That being said, it’s also possible that the last-gen version of Pro Skater 5 is somehow more technically sound than the new-gen version. After all, the game’s delay suggests that at least some additional work was being done on the title in the interim, so perhaps the last-gen version of Pro Skater 5 will surprise us. It seems doubtful, but time will tell.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 is currently available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but is expected to be available for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 as well starting tomorrow, December 15th.