If you’ve been following the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater franchise in the last couple of years, you know that it went slightly downhill. After negative reception of TH: Ride and TH: Shred, the series was temporarily put on hold. Last December, during the VGAs, it was announced that we’ll be finally getting a new installment this year – Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD. Unlike the two aforementioned titles, Pro Skater HD is returning to the roots of the series and will bring back the old-school classic gameplay we so much loved. Plus it’s going to be using a completely new engine, enabling the game to appropriately shine on the PS3 and Xbox 360 when it comes out around summer of this year. Many fans of the series are excited about this HD remake, which will be an amalgamation of the best the first two games – THPS and THPS2 – had to offer.
Since the announcement a few months ago, not much has been revealed about the project. Tony Hawk has been, as always, kind enough and tweeted fans some new information, along with two screenshots. The first picture can be seen above and depicts the game’s logo on a bright urban background. Most probably a shot from the main menu. It was accompanied with the text:
“#29days THPSHD is shaping up nicely thanks to @robomodo. #YAY
Although nothing striking has been mentioned, it’s great to know the development is progressing well. However, the next tweet was much more revealing than that. It contained another picture, this time a direct comparison between the same moment in the original game and the upcoming remake. See below and notice the huge difference and improvement:
That does look pretty neat, doesn’t it? But that’s not everything! Along with this picture Hawk tweeted a pretty long message, explaining basically what to expect and if we should look forward to other HD remakes from the franchise as well:
“THPSHD is a “best of” Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 & 2, featuring characters, levels and music featured in those games (along with some new features, including HD graphics). For fans of the later sequels of our games: we will just have to see how well this does first. Ultimately, I don’t make the big decisions… the college-grads call those shots.”
In other words… If you want to see for example Tony Hawk’s Underground HD, you need to bug Activision and Robomodo as often as possible. And most importantly you need to support and buy this game when it comes out. So far THPSHD is shaping up pretty well, with classic gameplay, skaters and stages, and it would be a shame not to give this title a try – at least for nostalgia sake. We love you, Tony!