It’s become another in a line of worst kept secrets of the gaming industry, especially Activision. It seems they can’t keep anything a secret anymore. Tony Hawk is coming back, Activision confirms today, with the announcement of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5. It’s bringing back all the combo-driven insanity you expect with the series, but putting a bigger emphasis on being able to do it all online.
“Skateboarding has always been about the freedom of ripping with your friends, and creating a game that captures that feeling has been a vision of mine since the Pro Skater series began over 15 years ago,” says Mr. Hawk. The best way to do that now is to take the game online and that’s just what Activision will be doing. Players can drop in and out of online skating sessions with both friends and other people around the world. You can also build your own skateparks, share them with the community and check out areas other players have built.
The game is being developed by Robomodo and Disruptive Games. It will be released later this year for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, and PS4. Curiously absent, however, is any mention of a Wii U release, especially considering the game is coming to previous generation platforms. I’ve reached out to Activision to clarify and will update this story should I hear back from them.