Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 & 2: Instant Classics
For many who grew up in the late 90’s, the Tony Hawk Pro Skater video game series is a beloved classic. It made Tony Hawk a household name. The series also paved the way for other classic franchises such as the Skate series. So you can imagine the excitement among fans when it was revealed that the first two instalments in the series would be getting remastered for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, as well as PC’s.
On May 12th, the games’ official Twitter account tweeted, “#THPS is back! Break skateboarding boundaries with the fully-remastered Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 collection. Available September 4, 2020 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC”.
As of June 6th, 3 weeks after the official announcement, the tweet has amassed over 100,000 likes and 30,000 retweets; a clear example of how many fans are highly anticipating the game’s release.
Many fans were wondering, other than visually, how different the game would be when compared to its original. One of the most talked-about aspects of the game was the character roster, i.e. which professional skaters would you be able to play as. Activision (the company producing and publishing the series) took to their website to address this:
“Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 and 2 will feature the full original roster of pro skaters from the turn of the 21st century. That includes Steve Caballero, Geoff Rowley, Bucky Lasek, Elissa Steamer, Kareem Campbell, Andrew Reynolds, Bob Burnquist, Eric Koston, Rodney Mullen, Jamie Thomas, Rune Glifberg, Chad Muska… And of course, Tony Hawk.”
Posted alongside the tweet was a minute-and-a-half long teaser trailer for the game, showing off some classic locations and skaters in glorious HD. The video itself has gained over 5.6 million views.
Activision commented on this too, saying, “The remaster will also feature all the original levels from the first two games in the franchise, from the Warehouse to The Bullring, as well as many of the songs from the original games to amp you up while you go for that Sick Score. Those levels can be played solo with goals old and new, with a buddy for local co-op, or online with original multiplayer game modes.”
Will Tony Hawk’s remastered versions be cross compatible?
One thing that has yet to be confirmed about the game is whether or not it will be cross compatible with the new next-generation consoles that are being released sometime during the holiday season of 2020: the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. Seeing as both are being released so close to each other, some argue that it would make more sense for them to be released on next-gen consoles rather than PS4 and Xbox One.
Either way, it’s safe to say that Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater Remastered is going to be a sure-fire hit when it arrives on shelves later this year.