On his birthday yesterday, Tony Hawk dropped the news that Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 & 2 are getting remastered re-releases. The games are slated for a Sept. 4, 2020 release on PC, Xbox One, and PS4, with 4k resolution and 60 FPS.
— Tony Hawk (@tonyhawk) May 12, 2020
Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 & 2 remastered offers updated visuals and will bring back the original maps, skaters, and most of the soundtrack. Original tricks are also coming back along with tricks added in the later games. Soon the world will have “Bring The Noise” by Anthrax playing to Rodney Mullen doing a BS overcrook across a helicopter rotor, triple kickflip into a manual, and finishing with 360 melon on the nearby quarter pipe. If ambitious, slap on a revert for an endless combo: no rules in quarantine.
TPSH 1+2 will have Create-A-Skater and Create-A-Park modes available to be shared online with friends. Activision’s teasing more online multiplayer game modes to add to the roster of H-O-R-S-E, Graffiti, and King of the Hill. Original solo missions like C-O-M-B-O, video tapes, and S-K-A-T-E should all make the cut too. And for the oldheads that pine for the “good old days”, local split screen remains an option.
Activision announced that Vicarious Visions will be working on the remasters. These are the same people that recently released the remastered Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy in 2017. The gameplay should play like the original games, while giving them the 20-year facelift they need. Vicarious Visions are optimizing the game so that it plays well on the D-pad or the analog sticks. They’re also staffed with former Neversoft employees, so hopefully the games stay true to the originals rather than 2012’s bugged out Tony Hawk Pro Skater HD.
Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 & 2 is releasing as a bundle and pre-orders bonus includes a Warehouse demo before the full release. Here’s to hoping skateboarding video games make a resurgence. Skate 4 needs to happen.