New Tony Hawk game likely for 2012

Legendary skateboarder says fresh series entry "probably" coming sometime next year; developer/publisher not named.

In early February, Activision announced that it had put the Tony Hawk skateboarding series on hold, saying that no new franchise entry would arrive in 2011. However, the birdman will crash back onto the scene in 2012, if comments from Hawk himself prove accurate.

Tony Hawk keeps the wheels spinning with a new game next year.

In an interview with PixelatedGeek, Hawk was queried as to whether or not gamers can expect more Tony Hawk games in the future. He responded, "We're going to do something probably for next year but I can't give too much away." Activision officials have said they still see potential in the franchise, saying in December that Tony Hawk has the staying power of Michael Jordan.

The most recent Tony Hawk game--Tony Hawk: Shred--was developed by independent studio Robomodo and sold under 3,000 units in its first week. It was the second game, following Tony Hawk: Ride, to use the much-maligned skateboarding peripheral.

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requitedprawn25
requitedprawn25

yeah I hope the next one is THPS 5 cause the last one I actullay like was THUG 2

StSk8ter29
StSk8ter29

Bring back the original arcade formula. Give us new levels. Then throw in the guys from nitro circus/thrillbillies.

ishootpeople
ishootpeople

tony hawks hasn't been right since american wasteland, although even that doesnt compare to THUG 2

Subgogo
Subgogo

I hope the next Tony Hawk game is more like THPS 4 or THUG 1. Please go back to the roots, THPS 8 was garbage as were all the ones after Proving Ground.

LordSaulot
LordSaulot

THPS 3 and THPS 4 were amazing, as were THUG 2 and THAW. I want to play games like those again.

Pumpkinhead3
Pumpkinhead3

Yeah, it looks like everybody wants to return to the old days of THPS. I'd be totally fine with that. The last Tony Hawk game I enjoyed was Project 8.

SOUP_MAN_242
SOUP_MAN_242

IM SORRY BUT REALLY END THE SEIRIES RIGHT NOW SO IT WILL DIE WITH A LITTLE BIT OF RESPECT

JtAgentX
JtAgentX

The main selling point of the Tony Hawk Pro Skater series, (including Underground 1 and 2) was the degree of freedom and surrealism. People grew addicted to the game because you were given the ability to literally bounce around an entire skate park without landing on the ground. It was fun doing 1080 flips with only 3 seconds of airtime. It's not that hard. Produce a game similar to the original Tony Hawk Pro Skater, give players the ability to live the life of a superstar skater, (like, TONY HAWK?), and make it FUN. That would instantly surpass Skate 1, 2, and 3...

sgt_holt5
sgt_holt5

I REALLY hope they don't make another tony hawk game. SKATE is a much, much better game and there's no topping it when Rob Dyrdek, arguably the most popular skater right now, is always part of Skate. Tony Hawk, as great as he is, is now obsolete.

anthonycg
anthonycg

@naryanrobinson That's what they said about Rockband although I guess it all depends on replayability.

Nandutzu
Nandutzu

O yeah, DON'T forget to get it out for PC TOO !

Nandutzu
Nandutzu

I just want THPS 5, bring back the funky and cool levels, the outrageous storyline, C-O-M-B-O, high score, collect SKATE, find all gaps, secret tape, crazy grind, barrel roll, acid drop, etc. etc. that's all we need.

Bufta
Bufta

Please god no! Ive had tony hawk up to here (points at head)

MadGamer132
MadGamer132

too much Activision heat meaning when it said "publisher not named", but who knows, maybe a big name not name EA? (MAY LEAD a spin-off of skate?), could lead to something. with the heat on activision these days everything can happen., but activision is not "evil" and mostly 'raping" gaming brands by the way why we always say "raping" i know is a "crime". isn't it "sigh".

theoasis77
theoasis77

Just makes Tony Hawk World... Make a huge virtual city where many gamers can join then enter levels of part 1,2,3 and 4. the only great ones. The gameplay will be like the ones from the old games. So if you go into a part 1 level it will play exactly like that but in HD. And of course with other gamers online. Makes highest scores competions, biggest one trick, and maybe capture the flag or capture the board :) This would sell amazingly well, and would make any Tony Hawk fan relieve what was once a great franchise. Do this and launch it on psn and arcade live.30$ a pop. then release the next Hawk game 3 years down the line and make it so real it will make us drool, but not frustrating real like skate.

blakeney
blakeney

I honestly thought that they had just been using his name and face becuase they owned him contractually....... but if he is doing interviews etc, i think he actually agrees to all the shinanigans that thps has been through!!!

Superzone
Superzone

I mean seriously, give this game to a new developer/publisher and simply make Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5. I would buy that in a heartbeat.

Superzone
Superzone

There is only one thing that needs to be done to make a good Tony Hawk game: keep Activition's grubby mitts away from it.

CJ45_
CJ45_

Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5

Grim_Reaper007
Grim_Reaper007

Tony Hawk 2 was SO fun, 3 was really great too. I want it to go back to 2min sessions on separate unique levels instead of individual session open world gameplay.

iloveyourface
iloveyourface

what he needs to do is make a game that doesn't simulate skateboarding, but a game that simulates making a game simulating skateboarding simulating a game. it'll be like inception but on wheels.

kytomasi
kytomasi

lol tony hawk.... just create a crazy over the top game and you'll be fine.

pH347m3
pH347m3

The last Tony Hawk game worth playing was Underground 2 back in 2004. They shouldn't even bother any more after Ride.

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

Let the captain go down with the peice of outdated crap he came in on. Don't get me wrong, tony hawk was awesome when no one else had done a game like that.... But now... what are they even DOING? Every time they come out with a game they do something "Radically" different, yet release the same rehashed nonsense since the first entry. EA needs to buy the rights to this, pump some .skate love into it, and create the true ultimate skating game.

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

Well done to Tony for being able to keep hold of his sinking ship of a game series

DrKill09
DrKill09

Uhg... this is sad. Tony, your franchise got it's ass handed to it years ago. Skate is the new king of Skateboarding games, DEAL WITH IT. :roll:

Spahettificator
Spahettificator

@AnonYC "I don't understand why Bizarre got canned and not the Tom Hank series." Tom Hanks has a game studio? SWEET! When is Forrest Gump: The Game coming out?

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

I can't believe there was someone in the company that thought, "Yeah, people will buy our stupid, expensive board accessory so that they can play *one* game then have it lying around, and it definitely will even get that far once they see online that the game is, in fact, just crap, plastic board or not."

zidan4000
zidan4000

what the hell are they? stupids? it doesn't take a genius to realize that their game is plain rubbish , why they insist on releasing it is beyond me.

jhpeter
jhpeter

Outstandig news, more games for my board !

GONtheSKYLORD
GONtheSKYLORD

I haven't even heard about the shred game before. The series can be great again. They just need to go back to the drawing board and stop trying to release these gimmicks as a quick and cheap means to make profit. With the last few horribly failed releases, I cant imagine this money hungry company would make another game unless they were planning to do just that. I'll still wait for reviews and gameplay footage though.

taino1128
taino1128

Activision refuses to give up on the series. They still think it has a chance to be good again. I admire their dedication, but they need to learn how to face facts. They have not made a good TH game since T.H.U.G. 2. They need to go back to the Pro Skater formula.

jaymib
jaymib

The only way Tony Hawks will get good again is if they go back to doing the Pro Skater kind of games and drop the stupid board controller. HAWKS bring back pro skater....the people have spoken.

91210user
91210user

I hope it actully turns out good.

mtait01
mtait01

@HardcoreHector to be honest, if you asked me to choose between Skate or any of the Tony Hawk game before Project 8, I would pick THPS everytime, I like Skate, buts its tooooo realistic, I much prefer playing games like THPS2 or 3 where its just crazy combos with crazy moves... its much more fun that a realistic game

Stonecutters908
Stonecutters908

This is one of those franchises, like Madden, that somehow got way worse on the current generation of consoles than the stellar games produced for the older generation of consoles (PS1,Xbox, PS2). I don't understand how these developers are able to do less with more but that is what is going on with Tony Hawk and Madden.

steveguttenberg
steveguttenberg

They say "probably" because they're not sure there will be a year 2012.Tony Hawk games are a sure thing, though.

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

Bring back the Arcade Skateboarding fun of Tony Hawks 3, 4 and THUG. Throw in a cheesy but quite awesome story mode, maybe make it involve building your own skatepark (a' la American Wasteland) but with more control over where you put things. PERHAPS add abit of a business sim style management option to it (if you like that kind of thing - we're not talking Skateboarding Tycoon here). And let me feel the fun of grinding for 2 hours whilst triple kick flipping into a manual to tail grab off a kicker 5 minutes after the final beap of the 2 minute counter hits... Brilliant.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

It sure best get a title like 'Tony Hawk - Yep... It's still going' I loved the originals.. but yeah.. Needs a major re-work really to be anything worth buying again. I think the series went off the rails a bit.. *insert drum sound effect here*

HardcoreHector
HardcoreHector

It's been so much of the same game but with bigger million point combos that it's lame. Nobody wants to play that. The people like the realistic simplicity and awesomeness of the skate. franchise.

mtait01
mtait01

please please please plesase make it like the older games! The new ones with the boards suck!

DanielL5583
DanielL5583

PLEEEEEEASE can we have it back to the old Underground or Pro Skater formula?

swmeek
swmeek

You mean there's enough of an interest in this guy for another game?

NoLifeGamin
NoLifeGamin

A new Tony Hawk game? YAY! I can finally learn how to play frisbee!

lordofallpies
lordofallpies

Hopefully a new skate game will come along in 2012 as well to kick Tony hawk's ass (i'm not dissing Tony Hawk himself, i just hate the games).

Sigh_han
Sigh_han

I quite liked THUG, even THAW was decent. I didn't care much for the series after that. I hope they take the series back to the good ol' days (Pro Skater). None of this "skate on a plastic peripheral" crap. Really guys, i don't mind using a controller!

tekkelite
tekkelite

hurry shoot it again before it gets up.