Maybe it’s just me, but ever since the dawn of the latest decade, there’s been a lot more reminiscing about the Tony Hawk games on social media and elsewhere. I mean, it tracks — the peak in popularity for skateboarding games was precisely twenty years ago, and that’s usually the schedule on which the nostalgia train runs. Whoever owns the brand not only saw this coming, but was prepared to respond immediately with the reveal of a top-secret project.
Yes, they’re back. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2, the two most popular games in the series, will be remastered and remade at the same time, and sold as one. Hawk himself made the announcement, on the occasion of his birthday.
— Tony Hawk (@tonyhawk) May 12, 2020
Anything you could do in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, you will be able to do here, assuming those rusted skills are still good. All the tricks, all the ramps, all the locations and all the original skaters are included, only with a modern coat of paint.
Who’s doing it? It’s Vicarious Visions, the same team that remade the Crash Bandicoot and Spyro trilogies recently. They’re starting to establish themselves as the kings of late 90’s / early 2000s repackaging.
It wouldn’t be a complete experience without the songs, though, and we’re all aware how tricky re-licensing such things can be. VV says the majority of tracks for Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 are returning, with just a handful of exceptions. They have confirmed Dead Kennedys, Goldfinger, Powerman 5000, Bad Religion, Millencolin, Naughty By Nature, Papa Roach, Primus, Lagwagon, and Rage Against the Machine.
Even Create A Park and Create A Skater are returning, though they will be capable of more than they once were. You will be given the power to “terraform” the skate park pieces and warp them into shapes nature never intended. You’ll also be able to share your creations online, instead of passing your friends a memory card and hoping they give it back.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 is a 2020 game with a 2000 price: it will be sold for $39.99 on Playstation 4, XBox One and PC, but you can pay more if you want. A collector’s edition will retail for $99.99 and include an actual skateboard. Not kidding: