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The Tony Hawk Pro Skater series is making a comeback. Activision and Hawk himself both confirmed that a new game in the skateboarding series is in development.
“We’re working on a game, we are working on a game, it's pretty cool," Hawk said on his Demolition Radio show on SiriusXM. He provided no details on the project, though.
Activision's statement to IGN was also slim on details: "Activision can confirm that they have something in the works with Tony Hawk, more info is coming soon."
The Tony Hawk Pro Skater series was created by Neversoft back in 1999. The first six games received high praise, particularly Pro Skater 2 and 3. Review scores started to drop off after that, though.
The series declined even further once Robomodo took over development duties. Their first two games, Tony Hawk: Ride and Shred, used an expensive skateboard peripheral that failed to win gamers over. The studio tried to return to the series' roots with an HD remake of Pro Skater and Pro Skater 2 but the game received only mixed reviews.
However, the launch of Xbox One and PS4 presents an opportunity for Robomodo - or some other developer - to attempt another revival. There are hordes of nostalgic gamers out there waiting for a proper reboot. A new skateboarding game that harnesses the capabilities of new consoles could make serious waves.
It's possible, though, that this won't be a console game. Hawk said last October that mobile gaming interests him.
"You just have to adapt and you have to realize where people are going to actually play their games," Hawk said at the time. "It used to just be Nintendo and PlayStation, and now it's all kind of devices. So you've got to learn to adapt what you know from the technology into those areas...I've been wanting to do a mobile game for a long time."
Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 was released on iPhone back in 2010. The virtual buttons and accelerometer controls aren't quite as precise as a gamepad. Still, the game proved that Tony Hawk could work on a mobile device. Maybe we'll see a brand-new Hawk game on iOS and Android in the near future.