Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD is being removed from Steam later this month, with the title dropping from the platform on July 17 at 10:00am PT. An announcement made via the skateboarding game’s Steam profile revealed plans to retire the game from the service, though did not note why. For the time being Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD will be available for 80% off, which bring the game down to just $1.99, although the $5 “Revert Pack” DLC remains at standard pricing.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD was meant to be a love letter to the classic skating games within the Tony Hawk franchise, namely Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2. It was designed to recreate the same gameplay, same atmosphere, and capitalize on nostalgia by reintroducing classic levels and music. Yet, as seems to be the case with most nostalgic reworks, what Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD meant to do may not be what fans got out of it.
Ultimately the skating game received a lukewarm reception, although despite that developer Robomodo and publisher Activision would continue forward and release Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 in 2015. Suffice to say that Tony Hawk Pro Skater HD managed to show just how much folk are still excited for the franchise, but perhaps didn’t deliver on said excitement itself.
Exactly why Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD is being pulled from Steam is a mystery and will likely remain so unless Tony Hawk himself makes a statement. The usual reason for a game being pulled from a storefront has to do with licensing, so while it’s possible that the partnership between Activision and Tony Hawk has ended, it’s much more likely to related to the game’s music. What that means is it would cost more to relicense the music used in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD than the game makes in profits currently.
That isn’t to say that the game isn’t cared for, but more a harsh reflection of the realities of game publishing. $2 for Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD is an outstanding deal and makes it an easy purchase for anyone who might even consider buying it. Once bought, it will remain in players’ Steam libraries for hopefully decades to come, so this sale is a great way to give Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD a send-off.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD is available now digitally on PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. The game will be unavailable for purchase for PC starting July 17. At the moment, there’s no word on whether the game is being removed from the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 storefronts, but the outlook is poor.