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Activision rejected Tony Hawk’s Pro-Skater 3 + 4 – Gamerficial

Activision has reportedly shelved plans for the anticipated Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3+4, instead opting to reassign its subsidiary, Vicarious Visions, to support roles within the blockbuster Call of Duty franchise.

Initially, expectations were high for the extension of the nostalgic Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater series. The first series of remakes, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2, was initially planned to incorporate elements from the third and fourth installments to capitalize on the series’ previous successes.

According to sources close to Vicarious Visions, these features were introduced from later games to fit in with how fans remembered the beloved original titles. Unfortunately, logistical constraints limited the release to just the first two games, although the idea of ​​including Tony Hawk’s 3 and 4 remained a consideration.

Following the commercial and critical success of the remakes of the first two games, a pitch for Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3+4 was developed and presented to Activision. However, the proposal was not approved. “The rejection of the pitch for Tony Hawk’s 3+4 was a disappointment for fans and developers alike,” shared a Vicarious Visions source. Instead, the focus shifted to Activision’s flagship series, with Vicarious Visions also contributing to the development of the Diablo 2 remake.

Skateboarding icon Tony Hawk himself revealed in 2022 that plans for a second collection of remakes were in the works until Vicarious Visions was integrated into Activision. After the merger, the search for a new developer for the third and fourth installments did not go as planned. Hawk hinted that the company had difficulty finding a studio that matched their trust and satisfaction with Vicarious Visions, which ultimately led to the project’s cancellation.

In a broader business move, Activision Blizzard announced its intention to merge Vicarious Visions with Blizzard Entertainment as a support team in January 2021. This transition was completed in April 2022, marking the end of Vicarious as an independent studio within the Activision umbrella.