If you were concerned that the abysmal Tony Hawk Ride fudged your favorite skateboarding series up the ass, don’t be alarmed. It seems that Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD was less of a throwback to old-school fans, and more of a market gauge for future commercial success, capitalizing on previous entries into the game’s historied past.
You see, THPSHD was able to shift over 120,000 sales in just its first week on Xbox Live, without the help of the PSN or PC. Robomoto, the developer behind the remake, has said that the game’s incredible success would lead to a “fuller game” in the future. Josh Tsui, head of the developer, has said that the lower risk title’s (i.e. blatant remake) success could lead to a fuller game, and it’s just a matter of when and how.
Now, the question is what a “fuller game” actually means. It’d be pretty easy to make a giant compilation of the past good Tony Hawk games and release them on a disc for $60, but to develop a new one is obviously risky territory, especially because 96% of people picked up the HD remake out of nostalgia rather than genuine interest in the “new” title. Still, I could see it being both fun and successful if it ditches the “innovative” path that Activision seemed keen on following. More of EA’s Skate, less of Acti’s Ride, if you will.
I guess it’s safe to assume that we’ll hear more on this project after the PS3 and PC version of THPSHD releases, barring any major DLC plans. Would you be interested in a “new classic” Tony Hawk game?
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