You’ll be capable of shred as Tony Hawk and associates once more very quickly. As we speak, Activision introduced a brand new remastered assortment that brings collectively the primary two Tony Hawk’s Professional Skater video games in a single fashionable bundle, with new options like on-line play and a extra strong course builder. It’ll be coming to the PS4, Xbox One, and PC (through the Epic Video games Retailer) on September 4th.
First, listed below are the fundamentals. The remastered assortment will function up to date visuals; all the authentic ranges, characters, and methods; additional challenges; a extra elaborate create-a-park mode the place you may share customized skate parks on-line; and brand-new on-line multiplayer modes together with native multiplayer. On high of that, the video games will embody “the overwhelming majority” of the enduring THPS soundtracks, although not each track made it resulting from licensing points.
The remaster is being dealt with by Vicarious Visions, which has some historical past each with the skate franchise and remaking video games. A number of the studio’s earlier tasks have been the surprisingly wonderful moveable variations of THPS, whereas extra just lately the developer launched the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, additionally a remaster of PlayStation-era classics. “I imagine that makes us the best studio to faithfully remaster Tony Hawk’s Professional Skater 1 and 2,” says Vicarious Visions COO Simon Ebejer.
In line with Ebejer, engaged on tasks like Crash taught the studio that remastering a beloved recreation is one thing of a balancing act. “The problem of a trustworthy remaster is figuring out the place to push the boundaries, and what to maintain sacred,” he says. “It’s vital to seize the unique expertise.” The purpose, he explains, was to “make it really feel like a recreation meant for 2020.”
With that in thoughts, the brand new THPS retains largely the identical core as the unique, by way of the way it controls and the way it’s structured. What’s new is what Ebejer describes because the meta recreation that connects the 2 titles collectively. From the sound of it, gamers will be capable of dip out and in of each titles, and in doing so will unlock items for the web park creator mode, which is considerably separate.
“We didn’t need the sport to be ‘Okay, you play Tony Hawk’s Professional Skater 1, after which play THPS2 and begin over from scratch, identical to you’d have when you purchased the video games again within the day,” Ebejer says. “The meta that sits over high of every little thing permits gamers to not really feel like they’re shedding progress by taking part in both one of many video games.”
THPS is well-known each for its roster of real-world skaters and its unbelievable soundtrack. When it got here to the skaters, all the forged has returned, and there have been no huge points with likenesses, in accordance Ebejer. “They have been all tremendous stoked to get on board,” he says. “These have been pivotal moments in all of those skaters’ careers. They have been up and coming on the time, and now they’re all really icons within the sport.” The lineup will embody not solely Hawk, however the likes of Steve Caballero, Geoff Rowley, Bucky Lasek, Elissa Steamer, Kareem Campbell, Andrew Reynolds, Bob Burnquist, and Chad Muska.
Music was a unique state of affairs. It’s not clear how lots of the authentic songs will probably be featured within the recreation, nor which artists will probably be again, however there are a minimum of a number of that gained’t make it resulting from licensing points. “The sport is 20-plus years previous,” Ebejer notes. “We’ve obtained the overwhelming majority, and I’m actually enthusiastic about that.”
The Professional Skater sequence stays beloved, however over time Tony Hawk-branded video games have turn out to be much less thrilling. Whether or not that’s failed-but-ambitious tasks just like the peripheral-based Journey or, extra just lately, forays into cellular gaming, the franchise has misplaced a lot of its luster. Which is a part of what makes this remaster so thrilling: it’s an opportunity to return to the start, when Tony Hawk was at its greatest. “It’s timeless,” Ebejer says of the unique THPS.