Tony Hawk considers taking skateboard franchise mobile

Iconic skateboarder considering releasing new Tony Hawk game on mobiles, says freemium is most attractive business model.

Former professional skateboarder Tony Hawk wants to release a skateboarding game on mobiles, "The Birdman" told CNBC (via Polygon) in a new interview. He said more people are gaming now on mobiles and he'd like to release a title there to capitalize on that popularity.

"You just have to adapt and you have to realize where people are going to actually play their games," Hawk said. "It used to just be Nintendo and PlayStation, and now it's all kind of devices. So you've got to learn to adapt what you know from the technology into those areas...I've been wanting to do a mobile game for a long time."

According to CNBC, Hawk said freemium is the most attractive business model for mobile games today because players can download for free and pay later on if they want to.

The Tony Hawk series of skateboarding games dates back to 1999's original Tony Hawk's Pro Skater. Since then, more than a dozen games have been released across consoles and portables. One game in the series, 2000's Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2, was later ported to iOS by Activision.

The most recent Tony Hawk game was 2012's Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD, developed by Robomodo and released digitally for Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, and PC.

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Kos1c
Kos1c

I don't really remember the last Tony Hawks game I actually enjoyed.
EA Skate destroyed the series for actual skaters. Tony Hawk games are just poor, arcade skateboarding games. There isn't much fun to them anymore. Sucks that EA stopped doing their series, and Tony Hawk is still pushing his. =/

sortajan
sortajan

do they still make money on this shit?

RiKanKiDD
RiKanKiDD

Wish they could revive the series Next gen.

KeenoControl
KeenoControl

Just have EA give me Skate 4 for next gen and I'll be happy, and make it more like Skate 1 and 2!

Amster_G
Amster_G

Please don't do this. The controls will be horrid.

DrKill09
DrKill09

Why?  This series is dead.  Go mobile?  You did that on the GBC, GBA, PSP, and DS.  YOU ALREADY DID IT.

Smart phones and tablets are not valid gaming devices.  They play glorified flash games, and gimped ps2 ports.  NO THANK YOU.  Want GTA on the go?  Get a PSP!

God damn...  At least the PSP and DS don't have GPS in them for the NSA to track me. 

greatsailorman
greatsailorman

Why don't you just go back to the past and make good games again?

Hammershock6
Hammershock6

Tony Hawk HD sucked for 1 reason in my opinion. No co-op, I bought it stupidly without checking if it had it or not thinking Co-Op would be there since its a remake of the original.  playing with your friend and trying to beat his score was half the fun of this game. just playing online doesnt have that level of excitement to it.

ne0182
ne0182

skate3 was the last good skate game and it's been 3 years. i actually miss tony hawk'sgames every year. at this point nobody try's anymore it seems for consoles. and while we're at it, what's up with snowboarding? i wouldn't mind another amped game at all^^

69ingChimpmunks
69ingChimpmunks

Tony Hawk has been played out for years. Take a break for a while and then come back to the table. As, I have yet to play a single good Skateboard game on tablet/iPod touch, The controls freaking suck. Also, Freemium is a flat out rip off. I'd rather just pay one flat out price to get a game and all it's content then having to buy a game and have to pay more to get content that should be in it naturally through updates. It's overpriced and it's not worth buying.

Slayer70
Slayer70

Just let it die Activision. Let this poor, worn out, has been die.

dkslade
dkslade

He should make a game to see where all those plastic skateboards went, and you have to try and collect them all like pokemon.


Jedilink109
Jedilink109

Freemium is DEFINITELY NOT the most attractive business model.  In fact it's unquestionably the opposite.

warriors30
warriors30

Swipe controls and microtransactions...yeah...just what this franchise needs.

jacquelineferre
jacquelineferre

yeah... make an ipad game where you use it as the skate board it would be amazinng....

Diegoctba
Diegoctba

Tony is completely right.  People with common sense knows IOS gaming it's the way to go. No point to release games on consoles and pc anymore.

Mr_Big_Boss
Mr_Big_Boss

When does Activisions contract expire? 2015?  They really need to just kill it since they aren't making good games anymore.

Lausanna
Lausanna

He should consider making Pro Skater HD playable while he's at it.

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

Might as well... the only way you can possibly water it down even further than it already is is to come out with a mobile game.  But hey, at least the controls will work this time.

pyro1245
pyro1245

thinking 'new tony hawk, cool'; read the word mobile 'zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz'

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

What we need is Activision to sell the IP rights to someone who can actually do it justice then have it rebooted as Tony Hawk's Pro Skater....

complete with create a skater, park editor and move set all circa at least THPS4, don;t even bother with motion control crap, keep it a controller thing,m classic THPS controls then all the vets will come out in force.....

also forget classic levels, build all new ones, build levels with tons of places to grind, get air and do flatland tricks which was the best part of the series, some players could win by getting air and doing all sorts of flips and stuff, others would gain a big combo on the street course and still others would get a huge flatland score...I even seen people string together all disciplines in their runs.....very deep series this was and they just fucked it all up......

IDK if it was Activision who was like meh, how do we top THUG?or Tony who might have been like know what would be interesting?? or others on the team running in 100 directions forgetting what it was that made the series so great....seriously this was one of the best games I ever played last gen and they totally squandered it all......pissed it away, nice going Hacktivision.....

HartPuncher
HartPuncher

Hasn't been good since Tony Hawk 4. Just put the next installment directly into the toilet. 

tomservo51
tomservo51

It's over Tony. Let it go.......

chuckles471
chuckles471

This is just pissing on the grave now.

robertcain
robertcain

The series has been dead to me after Ride, Shred and Tony Hawk Pro Skater HD. It's probably best to leave well enough alone.

404FredNotFound
404FredNotFound

Please Don't.....Best thing they did was to stop the franchise, they were killing it, did buy Tony Hawk HD, I get so nostalgic when I play that game....

Saidrex
Saidrex

games should be played to have fun. How much fun is to play games on a shitty device with awkward controls?! O.o

freedom01
freedom01 moderator

the only Tony Hawk Pro Skater game I ever played was on the Dreamcast

DrKill09
DrKill09

@Hammershock6 I hated THPS HD for a LOT of reasons.  1. every stage was tinted grey, yellow, brown, or green.  2. THPS1 and 2 on the Dreamcast, and THPS2X on XBox1 look better.  The characters and levels have style, and it's easy to make everything out.  HD is bland and lifeless. 3. Did not play as well.  4. PC version was FAR too dark, and required ENB hacking to make it bright enough.