Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 Will Cost $13 To Upgrade To PS5 And Xbox Series X/S Versions

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 Will Cost $13 To Upgrade To PS5 And Xbox Series X/S Versions
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Last year’s remaster of the first two Tony Hawk Pro Skater games is heading to PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and Switch, Activision announced today. Unfortunately, those looking to upgrade their existing copy of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 to the next-gen version will need to shell out an extra $US10 ($13).

The PS5 and Xbox Series X/S version of the game comes out March 26 and will run in native 4K at 60FPS (except on Series S where it will be limited to 1440p upscaled to 4K), with the option of running it at 120FPS in 1080p. The game will also make use of haptic feedback and spatialized audio on the PS5 version. Save data can also be transferred within the same family of consoles as well. The Switch version, meanwhile, is doesn’t have a release date yet, and is just expected to arrive sometime before the end of 2021.

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Unlike many other recent games that have received next-gen upgrades, however, Tony Hawk’s won’t be free. Instead, players who already own the game on PS4 or Xbox One, but only the base version, will need to pay an additional $US10 ($13) to upgrade to the “Cross-Gen Deluxe Bundle.”

Here’s Activision explaining this in its own words:

Digital players can upgrade to the Cross-Gen Deluxe Bundle with all the added features for an additional $US10 ($13) SRP. The upgrade includes access to the secret skater Ripper (a.k.a. the infamous Powell-Peralta mascot), retro gear for Create-A-Skater mode, and retro skins for Tony Hawk, Steve Caballero and Rodney Mullen. Additionally, Activision Blizzard, Inc. is giving fans who already own the digital deluxe version of the game on PlayStation® 4 and Xbox One a next-gen upgrade at no cost (except in Japan) on March 26.

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The deluxe bundle is currently priced at around $65 and gives players access to bonus cosmetics, while the base version is priced at $50. It’s unclear what’s so special about the deluxe bundle when moving between console generations, or if the price increase is instead part of Activision’s general policy of charging more for PS5 and Xbox Series X/S versions of games, as it did last spring with the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.

At least there’s an option to pay a little extra to upgrade. Control still doesn’t even have that. Maybe Sony can make the entire issue moot for PS5 owners by simply making the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 deluxe bundle a PS Plus game at some point as it did with Remedy’s shooter.

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  • To me I think any recent games should get a free upgrade, as they were probably developed with the new consoles in mind and don’t need to much work to run better.

    • “as they were probably developed with the new consoles in mind”

      That would be highly dependent on the budget of the game dev.

      A AAA title likely, A AA or A title maybe depending on publisher, developer or timeframe/resourcing. An indie title I doubt it unless the dev was a really ambitious or well-resourced bunch.

      “recent” is also highly varied depending on how long the game was in development. If it took 6 years to develop and came out 3 months next to a new console…

      • Yeah both valid points.

        Maybe on the technical side it’s harder than I am imagining but they’d already have 4K assets for the Xbox One X / PS4 Pro versions so seems greedy to put these features behind a paywall on a new console.

        Especially in the case of remasters, where it may already be your second time buying the game!

        • Is there anything stopping you from using those 4K assets through the PS4/Xbox One versions of the game when played through backward compatibility mode?

          I agree that it would be nice if they made the updated version available gratis, but you’ve still got everything you originally paid for (and probably looking better than before if you skipped the mid-generation consoles last time around).

  • While Crash Bandicoot 4 It’s About Time is giving PS4 and Xbox One users a free upgrade to transfer their save data over to the PS5 and Xbox Series X and S when it comes out on March 12 next month.
    $13 to upgrade Tony’s Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 to the PS5 and Xbox Series X and S seems like a rip off to me especially since the price is expensive which also applies to Japanese players living in Japan for the Crash Bandicoot 4 It’s About Time upgrade for the PS5 and Xbox Series X and S they have to fork out 100 yen to get the Crash Bandicoot 4 It’s About Time upgrade for the PS5 and Xbox Series X and S.
    Nintendo Switch users like myself will not be getting the upgrade as Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 is coming out later this year which I am excited for since I played Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam on the Wii.
    Now that Vicarious Visions has merged with Blizzard to focus on Blizzard titles like the Diablo 2 remaster and Overwatch 2.
    It’s now likely that Beenox will be the developer for delivering Tony’s Hawk Pro Skater 1+2 content as well as working on other projects like Call of Duty.
    Tony Hawk if you can hear me I saw your tweet yesterday and I am excited for Tony’s Hawk Pro Skater 1+2 coming out for Nintendo Switch later this year.

  • While an upgrade is welcome, the game runs at what I would guess is 60 fps on the XSX already, and probably the XboneX too.

    I played it briefly the other day and it looks and ran pretty well, probably up scaled from 1440p to 4K though.

    So this would have to be a significant upgrade to justify the cost.

    But yeah, like it was said above, Activision gonna be Activision.

    • It’s an interesting wrinkle in the situation. I can boot up THPS1+2 on my Series X/S right now with 1440p/HDR. It’s free, already available and does the job. It wouldn’t be hard for Activision to one up that but it’s enough to stop this from being a must have upgrade.

  • FFS, it’s a remake (of an admittedly classic game). The work that went in to it was far less than developing a new title from scratch to begin with. This is just blatant profiteering.

    It’s short sighted on Activision’s part anyway. You do the free PS5/XBSX upgrade because it will promote extra sales of your game. Especially at this early stage in the console’s life, where there’s a real lack of decent games to buy – adding in the upgrade makes the game-starved early adopters more likely to pick your title up. Making them pay for the upgrade has the opposite effect.

    Imagine if developers started charging more for PC games based on the performance your machine was capable of…no wait, forget I said that, don’t want to give them shit ideas…

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