|Fans of skateboarding, especially those who are into video games, most likely enjoyed playing Tony Hawk's “Pro Skater" series back in the day / Photo by: BagoGames via Flickr|
Fans of skateboarding, especially those who are into video games, most likely enjoyed playing Tony Hawk's “Pro Skater" series back in the day. "Pro Skater" was a classic sports video game that featured the skateboarding legend himself, as well as other notable skaters, alongside the players’ customizable avatar.
The series ended after its fifth installment in 2015 and Hawk's departure from Activision, the company that launched the series. But now, rumor has it that the "Pro Skater" will be making a comeback—and Activision could be at the frontlines.
The Rumor Mill
Reports from various gaming sites claim that the "Pro Skater" series will be getting a remake, specifically the first and second installments. According to Bleeding Cool, an entertainment news site under Avatar Press, the buzz came from a tweet from games journalist Sabi of Spiel Times.
"Explanation of what I shared in my server: An Activision contact told me a week or so ago about how Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 and 2 had demos/prototypes remade," Sabi said via Twitter, adding that the game company "went around internally."
"I didn't share before as I wasn't sure if they were being remade as full games or just a test," they added. In their succeeding tweet, Sabi said they only shared the information with the YouTube channel PapaGenos (which posts theory and speculation videos mostly on "Super Smash Bros").
They also mentioned that Liam Robertson, a game writer and researcher, mentioned the apparent remake in his podcast and "seemingly corroborating the info."
Sabi reiterated that it's still unsure if both games are "being fully remade or if it's just a test for something else."
Hawk’s Desire for Remasters
The last installment of Hawk's "Pro Skater" series came four years ago, which GamesRadar says not a lot of people would remember given the numerous problems it had (bugs and baffling controls). GamesRadar is an entertainment website that provides news, previews, and reviews on video games.
Since then, the installments have stopped and the reason was only made public last year after Hawk himself revealed that he had "amicably" cut ties with Activision after the end of their contract in 2015. So, getting a remake of the PlayStation classic would be pretty amazing, given that such games have disappeared in the last few years.
In fact, the legendary skateboarder said he was open to making remasters of the "Pro Skater" if he had "the skills/authority to reboot servers or code games for newer systems." But he isn't as adept at making video games as he is at flying off the halfpipe and making insane tricks with his skateboard. It was reported that Activision wasn't interested in lending a hand at the time.
GamesRadar noted that there wasn't any conflict between Hawk and Activision as the skateboarder stated that he is "forever grateful" for working with the game company. The only problem is that even if he wants to make more games and remasters, the absence of Activision's willingness will stop him given that the company owns the "Pro Skater" IP.
|Tony Hawk said he was open to making remasters of the "Pro Skater" if he had "the skills/authority to reboot servers or code games for newer systems / Photo by: TimothyJ via Flickr|
The possibility of getting remakes of the "Pro Skater" series is exciting, but Bleeding Cool points out that those games were pretty much "focused on a specific time in our culture."
"If Activision is actually thinking about bringing back the franchise, it seems to us that a better course of action would be to make a brand new one," the video game website says. It adds that it's better to start anew rather than upgrading old graphics or possibly getting fans mad at an inferior version of the original game.
"We’re not going to fight the company if we get a remake, we’re just curious why do a remake in the first place when a new one would be way better."
However, GameRant says the remakes for the first two "Pro Skater" games could help revive the series altogether driven by fans' nostalgia—which could further stimulate a desire for a comeback for the skating genre. GameRant is an independent news site that provides in-depth content on gaming including reviews, insights, and informed analysis.
Skateboarding in video games has disappeared for the most part in recent years and while EA renewed its trademark for the "Skate" franchise, a competitor of the "Pro Skater," there has been no major development in the genre.
"A new Tony Hawk game would completely change the equation and may, in fact, inspire others, such as EA, to start developing skateboarding games after what has essentially been their years-long absence from the industry," GameRant explains.
It adds that with Activision's dedication to making more remakes of classic games, the rumor of having "Pro Skater" remasters carries more weight as well. "From its long catalog of games, Activision would be fairly remiss to not remake what [is] considered the first best games of the skateboarding genre."
|Skateboarding in video games has disappeared for the most part in recent years and while EA renewed its trademark for the "Skate" franchise, a competitor of the "Pro Skater," there has been no major development in the genre / Photo by: BagoGames via Flickr|