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Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3+4 remakes were considered “too ambitious” to make

Developer Vicarious Visions went above and beyond with the Tony Hawk’s professional skater 1+2 remakes in 2020, because they made all-timer games even better. The foundation was laid for what could have been a promising revival Tony Hawk games on PS5 and Xbox, the plans of which are supposedly Remakes of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3+4 to life. In a new YouTube documentary from gaming historian Liam Robertson, Activision reportedly pulled the plug due to time and ambition.

The YouTuber’s latest video delves into many of the best games in Activision’s library, but it’s the mention of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater franchise that stings the most. When the Pro Skater remakes were initially pitched, Robertson claims that “the (Vicarious Visions) team initially wanted their remake collection to include not only (Pro Skater) one and two, but also three and four.” However, Activision deemed the PS5 and Xbox collection “too ambitious, and production was scaled back to the original two titles.”

Additionally, says an anonymous source within the studio, “we decided to add some controls from the later games to reflect the way people remember the old Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater games. The improvements from 3 seemed to permeate people’s memories of the first 2 (games).” If you still need to play two of the best sports games on consoles, Vicarious’ remakes add later-stage features like spine transfers, wall plants, and return to play.

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Robertson’s source claims that “it became clear that we didn’t have time for more than 1 + 2, so the idea (was) that we would go ahead and release 3 + 4 somehow, (if that) was) was on the schedule.” table.” Unfortunately, this never came to fruition. The last major update on the potential set of new PS5 games and new Xbox games was in 2022.

Tony Hawk himself claimed that plans were in place until Vicarious Visions’ commitments to Activision’s massive FPS game franchise, Call of Duty, got in the way. During a Twitch stream with ‘AndyTHPS’, Hawk said: “I wish I could say we have something in the works, but Vicarious Visions kind of got disbanded (…) we went three and four (…) and then it was over.”

Additionally, Hawk indicates that the project’s cancellation was due to Activision entrusting other studios with the property. Hawk adds that Activision has “taken other pitches from other studios, like ‘what would you do with the THPS title?’ And they didn’t like everything they heard, and that was it.

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