Rumours surrounding a potential 2020 comeback for Tony Hawk's Pro Skater video game series have been doing the rounds since last November, and while it made sense to remain cautiously optimistic at first, fresh pieces of evidence are starting to make those early claims seem very believable indeed.
As you may remember, back in March, Australian punk band The Death Set revealed that it had licensed five songs to a new Tony Hawk 2020 game. We were fairly confident that such a comment probably shouldn't have been made at the time - and sure enough, it was soon deleted - and it seemed like an upcoming game release was well and truly out of the bag.
Fast forward to today, and the supposed 2020 Tony Hawk game has been mentioned again. This time, professional skateboarder Jason Dill talks about the game in an interview with The Nine Club, going as far as to say that he's added his very own board for players to select in-game. You can see the interview here (thanks, @Nibellion) but be warned that it contains some bad language.
It certainly sounds like we're getting a new Tony Hawk game, then, but it still hasn't been officially revealed at the time of writing. Hopefully it'll only be a matter of time before we hear about it properly.
Would you like to see a new Tony Hawk game this year? Have you played many past entries on Nintendo platforms? Let us know in the comments below.
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Are we excited about this? Legitimate question here as Tony hawk hasn't been good in a long time. I am all for new games but I don’t feel any confidence in the possible end product right now.
I'd love to see a remaster greatest hits type thing that contains all the levels from the first few games. I can see that doing really well.
@jcvandan there is, it didn't do very well
Let's hope it's not as broken as the last one where the disc versions only contained the training level with the rest of the content released as a massive day one patch. Then again, it's an Activision thing...
Tony Hawk's Skate Royal, it's all about keeping the highest point score or you're out, while skating against 99 other skaters.
If they do the right thing and copiously review everything about the early series that made it so beloved and create a modern game that uses that as a framework, I'd be super excited.
If they continue to "innovate" and destroy everything that was wonderful about the originals, I'm pretty meh about this news.
I thought there was already a Tony Hawk game announced for Switch? At least I'm pretty sure there were skateboards and the title sounded avian.😃
With Skater XL a thing i cant say im to fussed about Tony Hawks 2020 given later track record.
@jcvandan they did that already a few years ago for tony hawk 1. Problem is music licensing is a nightmare and ruins the experience when they can’t get all the music.
@DarkLloyd Didn’t they change it to play like the newer games?
I'm sorry but after the disgrace that Tony Hawk 5 was I'm not interested unless it's an entirely new team. This game needs to stop trying to do too much and go back to the Tony Hawk 1-3 formula and have some amazing music to go with it.
I see a lot of scepticism which is due obvs after TPS5 but I believe that Activision & Tony Hawks deal has ran out so it could be a different company making this game. I could be wrong but I heard Tony Hawk didn’t want to work with Activision anymore so we might be in for a surprise. Tony Hawks Skate possibly? We can only hope.
@DarkLloyd Yeah, Tony Hawk HD wasn't great, but if they gave it the same treatment as the Crash and Spyro remakes, I could see that being pretty rad.
Of it's on the Switch I'd buy it for sure, I always remember them being so much fun! At least in the early days of the series.
I would love to see a new entry come to the Switch. As long as the game style is more in line with THPS 1-3 ( I guess you can add 4 to that too) and the controls are ultra locked in. I remember playing the HD version on the 360 years back. While good, the controls just felt slightly off for a reason I could never quite explain
@SpacedDuck It's not only a new team, but a brand new publisher. The IP was pulled from Activision's hands, thank goodness. In fact, that's why 5 was so bad, because they tried to kill the IP since they were losing it.
@Ryu_Niiyama To be fair, the main reason the most recent game was a mess (Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5) was legal disputes and the publisher basically sabotaging the game since they were losing the brand. Then before that, you had the mess where Acitivision decided to force the devs to use a physical skateboard controller to control it.
But now Activision is no longer involved at all, so it's quite possible it'll be good.
THPS 1-4 were fantastic. Would love a reworking but only if they get enough input from those who used to work at Neversoft.
Anything up to proving ground was still pretty decent(if a little tired in format at that time) would love that but they need to licence a lot/most of the music.
Tony Hawk’s Underground 3 please. That’s all
I would love to see a return to the Neversoft glory days. It's obvious how Activision had no intention of keeping the series going, COD and Blizzard games is apparently the only thing they are concerned with anymore.
Tony Hawk? Noooo, doesn't ring a bell. Wasn't he a rollerblader or something?
There was a time when these games were some of the biggest titles around. It would be nice if they could recapture some of the old magic. I was never any good at the games but I remember enjoying just messing around with them with my friends and cousins.
I hope it is in line with Project 8 and below.
I always liked all games up to American Wasteland (P8 was okay tho)
Would be good if retro Skaters could be added. Would be fantastic to have Hawk up against Hosoi, or the Papas brothers
As long as Robomodo keeps their dirty mitts off the series I can get excited again. The series hasn't been seriously good since THUG2 through and that was 15 years ago.
@SpacedDuck it will be a new team apparently, Robomodo doesn’t exist anymore
@link3710 not so sure about Activision being out of it, from what I’ve heard there’s a chance a new deal has been made. And also just found out that Tony Hawk himself brought the idea of the Skateboard controller to Activision back in the day.
Tony Hawk 5 Remastered, with mandatory motion controls using the TH Ride board. Featuring the return of Shrek as an unlockable character!
Calling it now!
If they can bring back the old form this series used to have i might be interested but i am doubtful about that
I was never into the series, but I know people who were. The magic of the originals will never come back in my opinion.... times have changed, gaming has changed, etc... It was a game for a certain era.
Hopefully it comes to Switch...
May only get it if it doesn't sucks.
Oh hell yeah, it’s about time skating games made a comeback. Let’s hope it’s as good as Underground 2.
I feel like I played enough tony hawk to last a lifetime 15-20 years ago. I remember my hands cramping on the old PlayStation controllers lol
@holygeez03 @elpardo1984 @UmbreonsPapa @Gasarakii @SpacedDuck @KoopaTheQuick @Muddy_4_Ever @Ryu_Niiyama Have none of you played past Pro Skater 4? Underground 1 and 2 were my absolute favourites and that's coming from someone who completed Pro Skater 2 at least 20 times when they were a kid. I even liked American Wasteland quite a lot. They never strayed too far from formular back then. Mechanics were always fun, you just had the ability to sit still without holding the down button by getting off the board in the later games. Underground 2 even had a classic mode in it. The story of Underground 1 was also interesting enough that I will still play it today as well.
They’re just remixes, prepared for Tony Hawk’s debut as a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC fighter.
@Jayofmaya I said 1-4 were fantastic? I said all of them up until neversoft stopped making them were decent not sure we disagreed?
Well, YES , but in reality, I'm already happy with the way skatebird is looking
I would love to skate in real life, but I'm way too tall and have terrible balance. So maybe I could enjoy the virtual experience? I've never played a Tony Hawk game, but it was all the rage when I was young.
I'd settle for 1-4 HD on Switch. A brand new game would require a lot of effort and a talented team. I'd be waiting on reviews, obviously.
@Jayofmaya I didn't play Underground 1 and 2. I did (not sure where or why) buy a used copy of American Wasteland on the Gamecube and just didn't click with it. And maybe that's why my feelings about the series after 4 aren't that fond. Just to be clear, I am not at all suggesting anything after 4 are bad games. Just I didn't click with the change in direction the series went and my feelings about the series end at THPS 4. Though you and others could probably speak to Undergrounds style and whether they were the same as American Wasteland. I don't know.
@TAndvig And you can punch and kick others off their skate boards.
Younger I had a friend who owned 1 and 2 and we played the heck out of them. Loved them and grew up liking pop-punk and punk rock music. Never got the games for myself tho and I kinda skipped 3 and 4 (those are considered good, right?). The only one besides 1 and 2 I really played was underground 2 remix on PSP that I got with a used console. I really played that one and liked it, don't remember if it had good controls etc. I since sold it with the PSP long ago.
As far as I know not many of the newer ones are considered all that good. I still think this series deserves a great game after these years. In my opinion it doesn't need to be ultra realistic as long as it controls well and is fun to play. The game could lean towards the old arcadey-style if it makes it fun to play.
Tony Hawk’s Midlife Crisis?
Joking aside, THPS 2 and 3 were awesome, even on keyboard. 4 kinda lost its way with the semi-open world levels.
@elpardo1984 Fair, I thought you were dismissing anything past Pro Skater 4. Did you play Proving Ground? I stopped at Project 8 as I didn't like it anywhere near as much, but just read it was quite a return to formular, but with mixed elements of Project 8.
@UmbreonsPapa I'd suggest giving the Underground games a go, if at least the first one. I agree that American Wasteland wasn't quite as good. It felt a little, I don't know, jankier? xD Like a team that saw the Underground games and tried to imitate them but didn't do as good of a job. Also, the way they tried to do open world where they had you essentially skate through loading screens was kind of obvious and got a bit boring as they were too empty. Even though Underground 1 is level based, the story is decent enough and game play is fun, it just feels more polished.
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