Tony Hawk confirmed that Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 + 4 was planned to follow in a series of successful remakes of the original two games for 2020, but the project died after Activision’s decision to officially merge Vicarious Visions developer in Blizzard.
The skateboard legend discussed the decision to give up plans for more remakes during the Twitch live broadcast with Andy Gentile, a former Neversoft designer who also served as a senior designer at THPS1 + 2.
“It was a plan; even until the day of his release [Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2], we went 3 + 4 “, said Hawk. “And then Vicarious [Visions] they were somehow absorbed, and then they looked for other developers, and then it was over. ”
According to Hawk, Activision was ultimately not impressed with the proposals it received for further THPS games, so the project did not go further.
“It is true [Activision] they were trying to find someone who would do 3 + 4, but they just didn’t trust anyone the way they believed in Vicarious, so they took other suggestions from other studies, ”Hawk said. Like, ‘What would you do with a THPS title?’ And they didn’t like anything they heard, and then that was it. “
“I wish there was a way to get it back.” I mean, who knows? Maybe when all the dust settles, we understand. You never know. I would never have imagined that we would do it 1 + 2 20 years later. ”
Activision announced its decision to put together Vicarious Visions in Blizzard in January 2021, just months after the release of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2. A team of Vicarious Visions of about 200 people became employees of Blizzard and no longer creates games like leading developer. Vicarious Visions was founded in 1990 by Activision in 2005.
Tony Hawk’s excellent Pro Skater 1 + 2 scored 9 out of 10 on IGN and was called an “absolutely exciting remake”. He also enjoyed the highest sales in the first month for any game in the long-running Tony Hawk series so far.
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Luke is a game editor at IGN’s Sydney office. You can talk to him on Twitter @MrLukeReilli.
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