Activision announced a newly remastered collection of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 in one package, with new features such as online play and a more robust level builder. The game will be coming to PS4, Xbox One, and PC (via the Epic Games Store) on September 4.
Firstly, here are some basics you need to know. The remastered collection will have updated visuals, original levels, characters, tricks, extra challenges, with local and online multiplayer, along with the more elaborate create-a-park mode. Now the cherry on top, the game will include “the vast majority” of the iconic soundtracks, although not every song made it due to licensing issues it’s still a sweet treat.
The company, Vicarious Visions, will be handling the remaster, they have some history with remaking games and the skate series. The studio’s earlier projects were the surprisingly great portable versions of THPS, and more recent, the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, a remastered version of the PlayStation classic. Vicarious Visions COO Simon Ebejer said, “I believe that makes us the ideal studio to faithfully remaster Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2.”
According to Ebejer, doing projects like the Crash series taught the studio that remastering a well-known and beloved game is trying to balance the two. “The challenge of a faithful remaster is knowing where to push the boundaries, and what to keep sacred.” He added “It’s important to capture the original experience.” The aim, he describes, was to “make it feel like a game meant for 2020,” and judging by the way the remaster looks visually, looks to achieve that already.
The remastered THPS retains the same core as the original, in terms of controls and how it’s structured. A new addition is what Ebejer describes as the metagame, and it connects the two titles together. It appears the players will be able to slide in and out of both titles, and in doing so, they will unlock items for the online park creator mode. Ebejer said “We didn’t want the game to be ‘Okay, you play Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1, and then play THPS2 and start over from scratch, just like you would have if you bought the games back in the day.” He added, “The meta that sits over top of everything allows players to not feel like they’re losing progress by playing either one of the games.”
Now, let’s talk about how THPS was well known for both its incredible soundtrack and real-world skaters. I’m not too sure how many of the original songs will be featured in the game, nor do I know which artists make a comeback, but there are a few that won’t be making a comeback due to licensing matters. “The game is 20-plus years old,” Ebejer notes. “We’ve got the vast majority, and I’m really excited about that.” As for the skaters, the entire cast has returned, and there was no issues on likenesses, according to Ebejer. “They were all super stoked to get on board.” He added “Those were pivotal moments in all of these skaters’ careers. They were up and coming at the time, and now they’re all truly icons in the sport.” The lineup of skaters will feature not only Hawk but Geoff Rowley, Kareem Campbell, Steve Caballero, Bucky Lasek, Elissa Steamer, Andrew Reynolds, Chad Muska and Bob Burnquist.
Seeing the reaction to the announcement made me realize that the Pro Skater series remains beloved after all these years, even if the branded Tony Hawk games have become less appealing. But this remaster breaths new life into the series, and I’m excited to get my hands on this title. What are your thoughts on the new Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater remastered? Let me know down below.