Picture this: the skates, levels, mechanics and pro skaters you fell in love with from the first two Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater games on PlayStation 1 return in remastered, higher definition format.
It’s probably easy to imagine, as Activision already did this at the end of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3’s lifecycle. This year, the company is doing it again, although unlike the previous reissue, it includes this: each level of the first two games, as opposed to a limited number of ‘favorites’.
This year’s ‘Summer Game Fest’, the real replacement for the usual E3-affiliated game hype cycle, kicked off Tuesday with Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2coming to current-gen consoles (Xbox One, PlayStation 4) and Windows PC (excluding a timed Epic Games Store) on September 4 for $40. Players on Xbox One X and high-spec PCs can expect the game’s resolution to 4K, while the maximum resolution of PlayStation 4 Pro has not yet been confirmed.
You didn’t read that wrong, Nintendo Switch fans. Activision hasn’t announced anything today for your system of choice. It also didn’t mention specific compatibility with the upcoming new generation 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 level of skate from the first two PlayStation 1 games of the series will return, along with every pro skater who appeared in the original games. . A follow-up interview with Hawk himself, along with a representative from Activision-affiliated game studio Vicarious Visions, confirmed a few additional details, mainly about the intriguing “create-a-park” feature from 2015 Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5†
In that mode, players can THPS1+2 go to great lengths to create the crazy skate courses of their dreams, share them online and even further customize downloaded levels. “You can modify rails, spin them around and turn them into a roller coaster, or make a mega ramp that goes up into the sky,” said the Vicarious Visions representative. However, today’s unveiling images do not include images of the creation of a park.
Vicarious Visions (which developed impressively before) THPS games for the Game Boy Advance) has been given access to the codebase of the original games, and it’s bringing back fan-favorite modes, especially local split-screen multiplayer for those who don’t want to play the new versions’ array of online modes. Today’s announcement was aimed at reminding fans of the series’ classic soundtracks, as it featured a list of 10 returning musicians from the original games, but Activision made sure not to list a “complete” returning soundtrack, as well as no specific numbers. The 2012 “HD” remake contained only seven tracks from the original games.
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