We first heard about Tony Hawk Pro Skater HD from none other than Tony Hawk, pro skater. Today, Activision revealed official media along with details of the digital update of the classic skating games.
Tony Hawk Ride developer Robomodo is on board as developer -- but don't worry, the controls will be handled by normal gamepads. It sounds like more updating is being done, other than just revamped graphics for old THPS 1 and 2 levels, as the game features a new cast of skateboarding pros, including "Nyjah Huston, Chris Cole, Eric Koston, Andrew Reynolds, Rodney Mullen, Lyn-z Adams Hawkins (Pastrana), Riley Hawk, and, of course, Tony Hawk himself." Hawk also said that "We've updated many elements to reflect today's skateboarding scene as well." Not having spent any weeknights in any bank parking lots lately, we aren't sure what that refers to.
According to Activision's unnecessarily coy press release, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD will be available "only on leading consoles' networks for about $15," sometime this summer.
ACTIVISION'S UPCOMING TONY HAWK'S PRO SKATER HD IS CLASSIC SKATEBOARDING GAMEPLAY, UPGRADED FOR TODAY
The Best Of The First Two THPS Videogames in One Digital Title
Santa Monica, CA – December 12, 2011 – Ridiculously high scoring trick combos return to videogame consoles this summer in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD, today announced Activision Publishing Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard Inc., (Nasdaq: ATVI). Developed by Robomodo, this digital title takes the best elements of the classic THPS games and gives them a fresh update to create an all new skateboarding experience. The game will be available only on leading consoles' networks for about $15.
"We're going back to the core of what made the original Tony Hawk's Pro Skater games so popular, while leveraging today's console power and online capabilities," said Tony Hawk. "We've updated many elements to reflect today's skateboarding scene as well. Long-time fans of the series will appreciate the huge amount of polished content at a very low price."
Tapping into fans' muscle memories, the gameplay in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD returns to controllers and focuses on the satisfaction of linking sick tricks for maximum points. Combining sharp visuals with the best controls ever in a Tony Hawk game, the feel is cutting edge yet timeless. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD features an eclectic group of today's skateboarding pros, including Nyjah Huston, Chris Cole, Eric Koston, Andrew Reynolds, Rodney Mullen, Lyn-z Adams Hawkins (Pastrana), Riley Hawk, and, of course, Tony Hawk himself.
"Tony is not only a legend in the skateboarding world, he's an American icon that has had a major impact on videogames. We couldn't be happier to be working with him again," said David Oxford, Activision Publishing. "Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD just feels right – we're simply giving fans what they've been clamoring for."
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