Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 Announced For Xbox One & Xbox 360
After months of rumours and leaks, Activision has officially revealed Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 for Xbox One and Xbox 360.
The next game in the long-dormant skateboarding series is to be co-developed by Tony Hawk: Ride developer Robomodo and Disruptive Games and has been described as a “return to the classic gameplay of the series’ heyday” in an interview with Game Informer.
Though there’s also the mention of earning power-ups “and the ability to shoot projectiles” which has us a little worried. Has Activision not learnt that all we want to do is skate around while listening to a soundtrack ripped from the punk and metal scenes of the Eighties and Nineties?
The preview also reveals that THPS5 will ship with 9 levels, including two directly influenced by classic Tony Hawk levels Warehouse, Hangar and School. Robomodo is ditching the open world gameplay, instead opting to create larger levels for us to play around in.
“Size-wise it’s going to be pretty big,” said producer Dino Verano, “but we still want to do kind of like a return to form; hearkening back to the old Pro Skater stuff, so it’s not going to feel like an open-world game per se. It’s going to be kind of narrowed down, more focused.”
While we’re a little concerned about the idea of projectiles invading THPS, we have a few more concerns about the visual style the upcoming title is adopting. The character models look kinda low-poly, while the environments aren’t anything to shout about. Still, this is the sort of game you need to get your hands on to really appreciate, so we are going to reserve judgement until then.
The game will also reportedly feature solo offline as well as online cooperative and competitive play. Expect to hear more on that at E3 2015.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5, which will land 13 years after Pro Skater 4, will come to current-gen consoles first, with last-gen versions to follow later.