In an era full of remasters and remakes, another game from the early days of the Playstation is making a surprise comeback.
During Geoff Keighley’s Summer Games Fest, the extremely-popular pro skateboarder Tony Hawk made an appearance to announce the return of the popular Tony Hawk Pro Skater series. Dubbed simply as Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2, the compilation is a remake of the original 1999 skater sim game of the same name. Activision has partnered with Vicarious Visions to develop the remake, the latter having been responsible for remaking Crash Bandicoot’s N.Sane Trilogy.
In an interview with Vicarious Visions (VV) Studio Head Jen Oneal, she confirms that the compilation remake will be a mix of both classic and new features. To retain its original feel, VV has employed the original handling code as the foundation from Neversoft, the developers of the original game, before adding the layers of remake’s more modern make-up.
Throughout the development process, VV has made sure to retain the original feel and geometry of the stages, albeit in a more photorealistic look. Players will also have the option to retain the classic THPS controls or remap to a new control scheme, since the original game did not have analog sticks. Other returning features are the collectible sidequests, like the SKATE letters and secret tapes, Create-a-Park and Create-a-Skater modes. Moreover, Ms. Oneal assured fans that most of the original game’s soundtracks will make a return to the remake, with only a select few songs not making the cut due to licensing issues. THPS 1 and 2 will also support online play and split-screen multiplayer, with players being able to share their skate park and character creations online.
It’s worth noting that Ms. Oneal’s resume includes working at Activision in the late 90’s, while a number of VV developers have worked on the original THPS games.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 will be released for the Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Epic Store on September 4, 2020, with pre-orders including the warehouse stage DLC.