It's difficult to argue against the fact the once untouchable Tony Hawk's franchise has been on a downward trajectory for the past three or four years, but Tony Hawk himself has refused to give up on the series, and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD is the end result.
In a really interesting interview with IGN, Tony Hawk revealed just how hard he had to push for Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD to get made — initially Activision wasn't too keen — and how he had to fight for some of his own personal favourite levels to be included in the package.
"They knew better than I did that they didn't have time to develop it in short of a year," says Tony Hawk, who was looking for all four original games to be re-released on a disc package, "that it wasn't the right time."
As a digital release, Tony Hawk hopes Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD can be a baseline for other famous levels from the series — and even possibly release brand new levels.
"Now we can do it as digital content and make it that much less expensive. We're releasing this game for $15, which is totally unheard of for a big franchise game."
Tony Hawk's personal favourite level from the original game is Downhill Jam. Apparently Hawk had to fight for its inclusion.
"When we were deciding levels I kept bringing it up," said Hawk. "Nobody was really embracing it or acknowledging it. So I went as far as to say I think it's the favorite of a lot of people and we did our own sort of quick survey, I did it through Twitter. Downhill Jam came in at, like, third-to-last."
Eventually, it seems as though Activision gave up, and Downhill Jam made it into the package.