A fellow pro skateboarder has sparked rumors that a new Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater game is due later this year.
Professional skateboarder Jason Dill recently appeared on an episode of The Nine Club, a skateboarding podcast, and let it slip that a new Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater installment is set for release sometime this year.
Jason Dill leaked the unofficial news on-air to professional skateboarder comrade Chris Roberts in a bid to promote his music and skateboarding merchandise.
Tune in tomorrow 5-4-20 when we Stop And Chat with Jason Dill.https://t.co/4AHQxi8Wpl
*Our Gold & Platinum YouTube Channel Members will get early access to watch TODAY at 4pm pst pic.twitter.com/FDdZdhnTiz
— THE NINE CLUB (@thenineclub) May 3, 2020
The upcoming mystery title
During the interview, Dill asked Roberts if he was in the loop about the new Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater game scheduled for release in 2020, to which Roberts responded that he was aware.
Dill then went on to mention that his song would be featured in the game, along with his signature board which would be added to the selection that players could choose from.
As to whether the game will be a brand new installment in the franchise, a remake, or a remaster of one of Tony Hawk’s more memorable outings, that’s all up for speculation at this point.
But the mere thought of the series being brought back to life is enough to make any fan excited.
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 6 rumours resurface following comments from skateboarder Jason Dill https://t.co/jzTFgoaGkO
— GamesRadar+ (@GamesRadar) May 5, 2020
Tony Hawk’s video game legacy
The Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater franchise is arguably the most beloved skateboarding or x-games series in the history of video games.
The games were widely known for their stellar soundtracks, intuitive controls, and adrenaline-infused gameplay. Not to mention all the great cameos from the likes of Darth Maul, Spider-Man, Shrek, and a whole lot more.
What the Pro Skater games lacked in realism it made up for with impossible tricks and insane combos that would attract skateboarding enthusiasts and gamers alike, even those without a particular interest in skateboarding.
Nothing will ever be as satisfying as hitting The 900 for the first time in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater pic.twitter.com/3q1OpWUIRy
— NBA Jam (the book) (@nbajambook) April 28, 2020
The sequel, Tony Hawks Pro Skater 2, followed a year later while the third and fourth installments took the leap to the next generation of consoles and were released in 2001 and 2002 respectively. The first four games are known for being the greatest in the series.
imagine where we would be as a society without the influence of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater pic.twitter.com/D70S9CTeTT
— depressed.jpg (@dumpsterth0t) April 30, 2020
Publisher Activision continued to churn out Tony Hawk games year after year as Tony Hawk’s Underground 1 and 2, American Wasteland, Downhill Jam, Project 8, and Proving Ground were all met with good to a great reception from both fans and critics.
The only stain on Tony Hawk’s video game reputation would come from the latest game in the franchise, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5, which was heavily criticized for its awful graphics, wonky physics, and game-breaking bugs.
Let’s hope the upcoming Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater title can put the series back on track.
Image courtesy of Marco Verch Professional Photographer and Speaker/Flickr