Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 and 2 are being remastered for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, as announced via Geoff Keighley's Summer Game Fest Stream today.
The games will launch on September 4, 2020, and will be available on PC via the Epic Games Store.
Vicarious Visions, the team that bought us the Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy remaster (and that is currently rumoured to be working on a Diablo 2 remaster) are developing the package that will feature both games.
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 And 2 Remaster Release Date
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 And 2 Remaster is coming on the 4th September 2020.
The Pro Skater 1 and 2 soundtracks have been revealed in a Spotify playlist:
- "Vilified" by Evenrude
- "Screamer" by Speedealer
- "Nothing to Me" by Speedealer
- "Bring the Noise" by Anthrax
- "Cyco Vision" Suicidal Tendencies
- "Committed" by Unsane
- "B-Boy Document 99" by The High and Mighty, feat. Mos Def and Mad Skillz
- "Out With the Old" by Alley Life
- "Ain't Got Time to Waste" by Aim (THPS1 PAL PlayStation and Dreamcast versions)
- "Blue Thunder" by Aquasky (THPS1 PAL PlayStation and Dreamcast versions)
- "Le Hot" by Grand Unified (THPS1 PAL PlayStation and Dreamcast versions)
- "Born Allah" by City Stars (not on the THPS2 soundtrack, but featured in Kareem Campbell's pro tape)
Visuals have been updated, create-a-park mode is now more flexible, and online and local multiplayer is supported. You'll also be able to share your custom skate parks which should keep the content coming for months to come.
Perhaps most impressively is that the "vast majority" of the iconic soundtracks of both games are present, with some licensing issues meaning some tracks will slip through the cracks.
According to Vicarious Visions COO Simon Ebejer via an interview with The Verge, the team wanted both titles to blend with each other.
“We didn’t want the game to be ‘Okay, you play Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1, and then play THPS2 and start over from scratch, just like you would have if you bought the games back in the day. The meta that sits over the top of everything allows players to not feel like they’re losing progress by playing either one of the games.”
We can't wait to skate around with those iconic tracks and scrape our virtual knees all over the concrete.
Eight new characters have been announced for the remastered editions of both games.
The new characters are all famous names within the skateboarding scene.
Here's a list of the new characters: Lizzie Armanto, Leo Baker, Leticia Bufoni, Riley Hawk, Njah Huston, Tyshawn Jones, Aori Nishimura and Shane O'Neil.
The announcement of new characters for the game has only fueled the excitement further for the releases of these titles.
The game will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC via the Epic Games Store.
It's unknown if this game will feature on the next-generation of consoles. It's likely that the game will be playable via backwards compatibility on the PS5 and Xbox Series X, but it's unknown if the game will arrive via Smart Delivery and be enhanced for next-gen.
Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be possible for Nintendo Switch players to get involved in the action yet. However, past Activision and Vicarious Visions collaborations have ended up on the Switch; so don't rule it out completely.
Will Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 And 2 Remaster Have Cross-Play?
Jen Oneal, head of developer Vicarious Visions recently sat down in an interview with Gamespot to talk about the game.
When the topic of cross-play was brought up, all he had to say was "When the time comes we will say more".
This is incredible news and will likely give this game more life after launch and be a massive draw for new and older players.
Pre-Order Guide - Editions And Bonuses
If you pre-order the game you can get access to the iconic Warehouse level before the game releases. Suggesting that players will be able to access the game early.
Currently, no information has been revealed on what the different editions include but there is a standard edition and a collector's edition (which is reportedly only available at GAME in the UK).
DLC And Microtransactions
It looks like Microtransactions may not be included at launch of the game and that the focus for rewards is purely on gameplay.
In an interview with Jen Oneal, head of developer Vicarious Visions said: "Everything that you see at launch is going to be unlocked with gameplay. We’re not planning on having monetization at launch.”
That doesn't mean that future microtransactions won't be added at a later date. Being able to customise characters and skateboards would be a beautiful thing and the possibility of NEW skateparks would be another way to spark more longevity into the game.
Here are the characters that were available in the original version of Pro Skater 2:
- Tony Hawk
- Bob Burnquist
- Kareem Campbell
- Rune Glifberg
- Bucky Lasek
- Chad Muska
- Andrew Reynolds
- Geoff Rowley
- Eric Koston
- Steve Caballero
- Elissa Steamer
- Jamie Thomas
- Rodney Mullen
- Officer Dick (unlockable)
- Private Carrera (unlockable)
- Spider-Man (unlockable)
- Trixie (unlockable) (Replaces 'Private Carrera'; available on the Xbox and Dreamcast versions)
- Mindy (unlockable) (Replaces 'Private Carrera' and 'Officer Dick' only on the GBA version)
Here are all of the levels available in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 and 2:
- Bullring (THPS 2)
- Chopper Drop (THPS 2)
- Downhill Jam
- Hangar (THPS 2)
- Hoffman Factory (THPS 2 N64)
- Marseille (THPS 2)
- NY City (THPS 2)
- Philadelphia (THPS 2)
- Rooftops (THPS 2 GBA)
- School II (THPS 2)
- Skatestreet (THPS 2)
- Skate Heaven (THPS 2)
- Venice (THPS 2)