Imagine it: the skating, levels, mechanics, and pro skaters that you fell in love with from the first two Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater games on PlayStation 1 are coming back in remastered, higher-definition format.
It’s probably easy to imagine, because Activision already did this at the tail end of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 life cycle. This year, the company is doing it again—though unlike the last re-release, this one will include every level from the first two games, as opposed to a limited slew of “favorites.”
This year’s “Summer Game Fest,” the veritable replacement for the usual E3-affiliated game hype cycle, kicked off on Tuesday with Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2, coming to current-gen consoles (Xbox One, PlayStation 4) and Windows PC (as a timed Epic Games Store exclusive) on September 4 for $40. Players on Xbox One X and high-spec PCs can expect to crank the game’s resolution to 4K, while PlayStation 4 Pro’s max resolution hasn’t yet been confirmed.
You didn’t read any of that incorrectly, Nintendo Switch fans. Activision announced nothing for your system of choice today. It also didn’t mention specific compatibility with the upcoming new generation of consoles (Xbox Series X, PlayStation 5).
Today’s announcement (which was teased by Tony Hawk sending text messages to fans earlier Tuesday morning) confirms that every skating level from the series’ first two PlayStation 1 games will return, along with every professional skater who appeared in the original games. A follow-up interview with Hawk himself, alongside a representative from the Activision-affiliated game studio Vicarious Visions, confirmed a few additional details, mostly about the intriguing “create-a-park” feature from 2015’s Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5.
That mode will allow players in THPS1+2 to go to great lengths to make the wacky skating courses of their dreams, share them online, and even customize downloaded levels further. “You can modify rails, twist them around and turn them into a roller coaster, or make a mega-ramp that goes into the sky,” the Vicarious Visions rep said. Today’s reveal footage didn’t include any create-a-park footage, however.
Vicarious Visions (who previously developed impressive THPS games for the Game Boy Advance) has been granted access to the original games’ code base, and it’s bringing back fan favorite modes, particularly local split-screen multiplayer for those who don’t want to play the new versions’ suite of online modes. Today’s announcement was keen on reminding fans of the series’ classic soundtracks, as it included a list of 10 returning musicians from the original games, but Activision was careful not to list a “full” returning soundtrack, nor did it list specific songs. The 2012 “HD” remake only included seven songs from the original games.
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