Not known to be overly expressive, legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk recently revealed to a US radio talk show that he was working on motion capture for a new skateboarding game. In the interview, he described the game as “pretty cool”. Well, at least we can’t accuse him of excessive hyperbole.
Publisher Activision, best known for its ability to create and milk cash cows better than anyone else in the business, has since confirmed that it is involved in the project. Between 1999 and 2010, Activision published at least one Tony Hawk-inspired game every year before mercifully giving it a break.
This hiatus was technically broken by the release of a downloadable HD version of the original Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater in 2012, which received pretty average reviews.
In a world where franchises like Theme Hospital, Dungeon Keeper and RollerCoaster Tycoon have still not received modern sequels, the whole thing seems twisted and unfair. Also, does anyone else feel like the idea of a 45 year-old man starring in his own skateboarding game is just a little bit ridiculous?