Punk rock band The Death Set have confirmed rumours that a new Tony Hawk game is set to be released this year. The band used Facebook to announce that they had signed five new songs to the game, the post has since been deleted but not before the internet grabbed screenshots.
Last year professional skateboarder Lizzie Armato appeared on a podcast to discuss Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 in which she appears and said “he’s coming out with another one, and I’ll be in that too.” The line was subsequently deleted from the podcast.
Activision dropped Tony Hawk back in 2015, the company was refocusing their output which meant licensed titles such as Transformers, Spider-Man, and Tony Hawk, were not renewed when the license expired. Since then the publishers has been releasing just one or two high quality titles years including the rebooted Crash Bandicoot and Sekiro, along with the annual Call of Duty cash cow.
Activision have yet to announce the new game, that is if it is a new game, the success of the remastered Crash Bandicoot games might mean they are remaking on of Tony’s earlier games rather than than creating something new. Back in November 2019 there were reports their were of Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 and 2 prototypes running at Activision.
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. They went around internally. I didn't share before as I wasnt sure if they were being remade as full games, or just a test
— Sabi Wabii 🌹 (@SabiWabii) November 24, 2019
Tony himself mentioned remasters of his game way back in 2018, and Activision confirmed that they were working on “releases of remastered versions of titles from our library of IP” back in February 2018.
To anyone asking me to 'remaster" old games, or complaining about THPS servers being down: Activision owns the THPS license but I am no longer working with them. If I had the skills / authority to reboot servers or code games for newer systems on my own, I would be happy to…
— Tony Hawk (@tonyhawk) February 26, 2018
Skateboarding games are quite rare these days but a new one, Skater XL, can be found on Steam Early Access and has now been announced for all major consoles including PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.
According to Easy Day Studios, the team built Skater XL from the ground up instead of simply trying to emulate other games in the genre. As a result, they’ve designed a control system that uses both sticks – one assigned to each foot:
Skater XL uses physics controlled by the thumbsticks to drive all movement in the game, which is a big step away from traditional ‘canned animation’ based systems. Precise movements made through the thumbsticks will make your tricks look and feel different each time, adding a level of expression, personalization, and style to the gameplay.