Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 to Feature PlayStation-Exclusive Content; Using Dedicated Servers for Multiplayer
After serving up years of skating action and tricks, the Tony Hawk skating series is making its long-awaited return this fall with Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5, and for those on the PlayStation consoles it appears Tony will be bringing a few extra goodies with his return this year.
A new post on the PlayStation Blog from developer Robomodo, the studio confirmed that Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 will include exclusive content for the PS4 and PS3 versions of the game, with the latest in the Tony Hawk series to feature character heads of Sackboy (LittleBigPlanet), Sweet Tooth (Twisted Metal) and Ratchet (Ratchet & Clank) for custom skaters.
The character heads will be available with any purchases of either the PS4 or PS3 versions of the game. It’s unclear at this time if similar exclusive content will appear for the Xbox One or Xbox 360 versions of the game, so we’ll have to wait for more word on that front from Activision, Robomodo, or Microsoft.
In addition to the exclusive content coming to PlayStation consoles, Robomodo also revealed more details on the online components of the game, specifically that the game will feature dedicated servers to power the multiplayer portion of the title. Robomodo president Josh Tsui explained:
Connecting with other players is totally different than previous THPS games, and it’s unique compared to the current crop of skating titles. The Freeskate levels serve as lobbies for up to 20 players. They act as hubs where players can hang out and skate between different missions and online matches.
The sessions themselves are hosted by dedicated servers, so you can drop in and out of populated Freeskate sessions at any time. When you are ready, you can jump into a mission with your party or challenge the entire park in one of the competitive multiplayer modes. This is done from the Sessions menu, a multipurpose tool for queuing up missions or modes, managing your party, and checking to see who’s in the park. When your mission or match is finished, you can either retry/rematch or seamlessly jump back into the Freeskate where you can hang out while deciding what to do next.
This means that Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 is designed to get you online quickly and easily.
The multiplayer portion of the game, however, will only be included with the current-gen versions of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 on PS4 or Xbox One, and will not be included with either the PS3 or Xbox 360 (also matching with the PS3/Xbox 360’s lower price at $39.99, versus the PS4/Xbox One price tag of $59.99).
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 will release for PS4 and Xbox One on September 29th, 2015, while the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions will release later in 2015.