If you were a teenager in the late 90s, there's a good chance you or your schoolfriends spent a great many hours practising heelflips and nosegrinds in a skateboard game named after skating icon Tony Hawk.
Now, over two decades later, Activision Games has announced it's bringing back the legendary Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater in a "radically remastered" version for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.
The original Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater was released in 1999, followed by a sequel a year later by now-defunct Neversoft, a US video game developer, and both titles are to be included in the new release.
"Thanks to all the fans of our series for keeping this dream alive," Hawk, one of the pioneers of modern skateboarding, said, announcing the game on Twitter on May 12, his 52nd birthday.
Featuring original maps, skaters and songs, the remastered game is updated with enhanced graphics and features, and will be available in 4K resolution at a frame rate of 60 fps.
Arriving on Sept 4, the two-in-one package will have all the original levels, feature a roster of pro skaters, the same familiar tricks, combos and modes, as well as the iconic soundtrack – though some songs will be missing due to copyright issues.
On top of that, the remastered game will also include new ways to play, including new tricks, levels, and online multiplayer, Activision says.
The old school pro skaters also come with their own special moves, which includes Geoff Rowley’s darkside grind and Hawk’s own legacy-making 900. But it will also include few new tricks, including the revert, lip tricks and the wall plant.
One of the most salient features of Tony Hawk Pro Skater is Create-A-Skater and Create-A-Park Return.
The remastered version will have these options revamped as well with "dope features" added in, like a robust editing suite and plenty of customisation options, as well as for online gaming, Activision says.
The remastered collection is being produced by Vicarious Visions, the developer best-known for the recent remastering of the Crash Bandicoot classics.
Tony Hawk also took a trip to the YouTube channel of actor and comedian Jack Black, Jablinski Games, to play a sample of the slick remastered game in the game's trademark warehouse level.
"Where is the actual warehouse?" asks Black.
"Dude, this is a make-believe place," replies Hawk, while doing a 540 Benihana.
The footage, as well as the trailer of the newly remastered game shared on social media, shows a crisp and detailed overhauled graphics with very smooth gameplay.
Hawk and the developing team did everything they could to keep the games as close to the originals as they could, Vicarious Visions chief operating officer Simon Ebejer told the entertainment website Ladbible.
"It's gonna feel like the originals and you're gonna get that excellent gameplay experience when you're in the game," he said.
The most recent game in the series, Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5, came out in 2015 with Activision Games, but absolutely bombed with both fans and critics, especially because it was bug-ridden. In December 2018, Hawk later announced the mobile game Tony Hawk's Skate Jam for iOS and Android. – dpa
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