If anyone knows the status of a new Tony Hawk's Pro Skater game you'd expect it would be Tony Hawk himself. So when he says we can expect a brand new game on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 this year, you might want to take notice of that. The best news? Tony Hawk has been hinting the series will be going back to its roots.
Lifehacker Australia's Chris Jager spoke to Hawk late last week to get some selfie tips, but took time out to ask him about the status of the once dominant video game franchise.
"We’re working on it, it’ll be coming out later this year on PS4 and Xbox One," he said. "It’s very much in the THPS style of gaming with the same controls. A lot of people think we’re going to change up the control scheme but why would we call it THPS if we were going to change up the way you play it?"
Tony Hawk has been dropping hints about a new game for a while now, both on Twitter and on a Reddit AMA he did last year. But this is perhaps the clearest indicator so far that the game is being worked on and is set for release in 2015.
But more importantly, it appears as though the team is going back to the roots of the series for the upcoming game. After messing around with peripherals and weird diversions, it sounds like the next Tony Hawk's Pro Skater will be a far more traditional affair. I'd say this is a good move for the series. I'd go nuts for a well-made return to a simpler era with online leaderboards ala Trials Fusion. It's been a while since Activision has really properly nailed a Tony Hawk's game. I'm holding out hope for this one. I want to believe.