Today, Activision announced that Tony Hawk 1 and 2 were being remastered by Vicarious Visions, the team who recently remastered Spryo and Crash Bandicoot. Vicarious Visions is also known for creating the fantastic handheld Tony Hawk games back on Gameboy Advance and Nintendo DS.
I am a Tony Hawk Pro Skater megafan. I own an Xbox 360 just for the sole reason of being able to replay my Tony Hawk games from time-to-time. Honestly, I’ve never been all that good at them which keeps me coming back, but I also have a ton of nostalgia tied into those games. The Tony Hawk franchise was one of the few video games that my brother and I played together so every time I boot the game up, it takes me back to being a teenager sitting on the floor with our Nintendo 64 and attempting to out do one another.
I’ve followed the franchise from its highs (Tony Hawk 2x, 3, Tony Hawk 4, and Underground) to its lows (Ride, Tony Hawk 5) but have played every single release. I lost hope on ever getting a proper remaster (especially after Tony Hawk Pro Skater HD) or another game using the Neversoft source code, but here we are in 2020 getting exactly that.
Vicarious Visions managed to obtain the original Neversoft source code for Tony Hawk Pro Skater and then made some additions to it such as reverts. The game is being designed to play exactly as our muscle memory remembers it while being enhanced visually and with new objectives and tricks. They also managed to secure a good portion of the iconic soundtracks and have brought them on board as well.
This is a dream release for Tony Hawk fans everywhere and I can only hope that it turns out as good as Spyro and Crash did. I’d love to see more entries in the series get remastered and who knows, maybe a new game down the road.
In other good Tony Hawk news, the documentary Pretending I’m a Superman that looks back at the history of the Tony Hawk Pro Skater games has found a distributor so I’d expect we will finally get to see this film sometime around the release of the new game in September 2020.