Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1+2 remaster brings the Birdman back in HD glory.
It’s been nearly five years since the critically lambasted Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 disappointed longtime fans. Now, in honor of the series early aughts glory days, Activision and Vicarious Visions are releasing a remaster of two of the series’ greatest hits.
Announced today in Summer Games Fests’ inaugural stream, Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1+2 will launch Sept. 4 on PS4, Xbox One and PC, via the Epic Games Store.
Vicarious Visions are best known for 2018’s excellent Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy. But, the studio has a long history with the Tony Hawk games, handling the handheld versions of many games in the series.
During the stream, Summer Games Fest founder Geoff Keighley was joined by Tony Hawk himself and VV studio head Jen Oneal. The duo announced that the remaster will feature online and splitscreen multiplayer, and an upgraded Create-A-Park mode.
Additionally, “revert,” which was introduced in THPS2 has been retrofitted into the original Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater. Other tricks from later in the series have also been added, and the controls have generally been lightly reworked to make the game feel more natural on a modern controller.
Per a report from Game Informer, the remaster will include all the skaters from the original lineup. That will include Tony Hawk, Bucky Lasek, Bob Burnquist, Elissa Steamer, Steve Caballero, Andrew Reynolds, Geoff Rowley, Kareem Campbell, Chad Muska, and more. Notably, their in-game appearances have been updated to reflect their current likenesses.
During the stream, Hawk and Oneal announced that customers who pre order the game will gain early access to the Warehouse level at an unspecified date.
“It’s kind of like,” Hawk said, harkening back to a staple of the era that birthed the series, “your Pizza Hut promotional disc.”