Multiple Reports of New Tony Hawk's Skating Games Surface Online

By Sam Quirke,
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It's been a long time since we've seen a new game under the brand of veteran skateboarder Tony Hawk – even longer since we've see one that most agree is actually worthy of the moniker. The last effort to revive the brand, Pro Skater 5, received pretty poor reviews and failed to maintain a long-term audience – there's not too many players bothering to reach Level 50 to cap off the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 achievement list. However a couple of sources have started speculation rumbling about a new title under Hawk's brand. It's not clear at the moment whether the reports are referring to a totally new game, or remasters of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater and Pro Skater 2.

GamesRadar reports on a couple of individual moments that have gotten the rumour mill churning. Firstly there's a tweet from Sabi, a journalist for Spiel Times and Nintendo Soup. Sabi claims that an Activision contact told him about protoype remakes for Tony Hawk's Pro Skater and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2. Sabi later clarified that no one knows if thost prototypes are a test for another project, or if the two games are actually being remade.

Soon after this rumour started circling, more evidence surfaced in an October episode of skateboarding podcast The Nine Club, in which professional skateboarder Lizzie Armato claimed that Hawk was involved in a new skateboarding game project. The fact that this comment has been removed from some edited versions of the podcast have only solidified people's belief that an announcement is imminent.

Interestingly, Hawk parted ways with Activision some time ago, so if both rumours are true it could be that Hawk has decided to work with the publishing giant once again. If not, and Hawk is working on a separate project, we wonder what the licensing implications would be around his own name, and whether a new Hawk-branded offshoot could survive while Activision still holds the IP for Pro Skater. Hopefully the former is true and Hawk is working directly on games with Activision – we'd love to see ground-up remakes of the two original Pro Skater titles, arguably the best in the series (though I have a soft spot for the third). Mainstream skateboarding games have been in short supply since Skate went on hiatus, and games like Session and SkateBird just aren't quite the same as the goofy, entertaining arcade highs of Tony Hawk's seminal series.

It's entirely possible that Activision, or Tony Hawk, or both are on the cusp of making an announcement – GamesRadar even speculate about a potenital reveal at The Game Awards, which would certainly suit Geoff Keighley's brand of crowd-pleasing. However we're taking a big pinch of salt with this one – let's not forget that the very solid looking rumours about a substantial Harry Potter RPG still haven't materialised into an announcement over a year later.

We'll share more news if it appears, and in particular we'll keep an eye on the 51-year-old veteran skater himself on Twitter. At the moment, he's still happily chatting in his skater dad persona, faithfully relaying each encounter in which Tony Hawk fans and young skaters completely fail to recognise him.
Sam Quirke
Written by Sam Quirke
Sam has been a Newshound since 2016. He loves gaming on all devices and in all genres. He remains a stubborn Assassin's Creed and Pokémon fan.
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