[Update] Activision Might Be Working on Tony Hawk's Pro Skater Remakes
According to rumors, Activision has been sharing remade demos of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater titles internally sparking hopes for a skating title.
Update: More evidence suggesting that a new Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater title is on the way has come forth thanks to an old podcast interview that has resurfaced after all of the talks about the rumors surrounding this. In an update (Thanks GamesRadar+) there has been a specific interview with professional skateboarder, Lizzie Armanto talking to The Nine Club Podcast back in October 2019. Armanto was asked about her appearance in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 where she casually mentioned: “he’s coming out with another one, and I’ll be in that too.”
GamesRadar+ state that the part of the interview is at the 02:50:00 mark, but I’ve been unable to locate it, especially seeing as the interview ends at 02:17:00 mark. Although, they also state that other versions of the podcast have been edited to remove the comment made by Armanto. This kind of adds more credibility to the rumors.
Original Story: It appears that we could be seeing the return of those radical Tony Hawk skateboarding video games as rumors have started floating around that Activision is working on remakes of “skating” titles. The rumors come from a well-known industry insider called known as Sabi on Twitter. Earlier this month, Sabi mentioned there were mutterings of a new Activision remake but didn’t have enough information to state anything.
The other day, Sabi tweeted the below tweet, heavily hinting that the remake would be skateboard related. Activision is very well known for the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater titles, so the rumors seem to be pointing in the direction of those games. Especially seeing as Activision has recently published the Crash Bandicoot: N-Sane Trilogy and Spyro Reignited Trilogy games. Both games had the old PS1 versions remade for modern platforms.
So about that Activision remake that had some work done I mentioned a week or two ago…
Sure hope you like skating
— Sabi (@New_WabiSabi) November 23, 2019
Sabi went onto their Discord server to discuss the rumor and shared that an employee at Activision had stated that Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 had demos remade and were only shared internally. It’s unclear if the games are being fully remade or if they’re just being created as a test for something else.
I shared this info with just a few people, such as @GenosPapa. Interestingly, Liam Robertson just mentioned this info in his podcast, seemingly corroborating the info. Nobody seems to know if both games are being fully remade, or if it’s just a test for something else.
— Sabi (@New_WabiSabi) November 24, 2019
In 2018, Tony Hawk tweeted that Activision owns the license for the games and that he is no longer working with them. However, if he had the power to make new games or reboot the servers for the old games he would. He actually did release a new game called Tony Hawk’s Skate Jam which was a mobile title created by Maple Media. Earlier this year in June 2019, it was revealed that Activision had offered to pay $500,000 in the late 1990s to buy-out his name for future royalties. He turned it down and the series continued eventually earned over $1.4 billion in sales.
Additionally, it may not be related to the Activision rumors but Jackass star and skateboarder Steve-O, in June 2019 uploaded a video titled, “My Insane New Camper Van Tour with Bam Margera!” in which he reunites with skateboarder Bam Margera. The two. around the 6:30 mark go off to meet Tony Hawk and tease a “top-secret” plan. Steve-O and Bam Margera were characters in the Tony Hawks Underground 2 title. Of course, Jackass is also approaching its 20th anniversary, so it could just be that.
There’s not really much else known about these rumors or if anything will come from the remade demos floating around internally at Activision, but I’d personally rather see a new Tony Hawk’s game than a remaster. Just please, no more weirdly shaped skateboard controllers.
What are your thoughts on this rumor? Would you want to see a new Tony Hawk title, be that a remake or a brand new title?