Tony Hawk officially Shred-ding

Activision confirms leaked title for next installment in pro skater's titular series, will not confirm if snowboarding or skating game.

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Monday night, reports circulated via Twitter that Tony Hawk had preemptively titled his next game Tony Hawk: Shred. "Tony Hawk: Shred. There, I said it. Actually, I named it. Somewhere a PR team is reeling," he said before abruptly pulling the tweet. Today, that very Activision PR team Hawk claimed to have spooked made it official: The next Tony Hawk game in the series will indeed be called Tony Hawk: Shred.

Unfortunately, the title was all Activision would divulge at the moment, saying only that "more details will be revealed in the coming months." Presumably, however, Shred is the game that Tony Hawk has been conferring with developer Robomodo about ever since Tony Hawk: Ride hit stores last November.

The usually disciplined Hawk jumped the gun on the Tony Hawk: Shred announcement.

While Ride fared poorly with critics for its dependence on a new balance board peripheral, both Hawk and Robomodo have faith in the add-on's technology. The Chicago-based studio is standing by its board, having increased its payroll 20 percent since Ride's release, and plans to bulk up another 17 percent by year's end.

As of press time, Activision reps had not responded to requests for clarification on whether Shred will be a skateboarding game or a snowboarding game. The latter theory was raised by the term "shred," which is a staple of snowboarding parlance. However, "shred" is also commonly used by skateboarders--so much so that it is the name of a Tony Hawk-branded shoe. Also, Shredordie.com is a popular skate-video-sharing site on which Hawk himself has several recurring shows.

Still, a Hawk-branded crossover title would not be out of the question, as champion snowboarder Shaun White is getting his own skateboarding game. Before he grabbed Olympic gold as a snowboarder, White was the enfant terrible of the pro skate world, getting his first sponsorship at 7 years old. Hawk, however, has never snowboarded professionally, although several of his games have featured the sport. Also, he himself has hinted that the balance board would be ideally suited for a game based on the downhill pastime.

Discussion

70 comments
SOUP_MAN_242
SOUP_MAN_242

HEY GO TO THE SHRED WEBSITE ITS BOTH SNOW AND SKATE

beastlydodobird
beastlydodobird

well unlike everyone else i am a huge fan of tony hawl games and actully found joy to be had in ride and im actully lookin forward to shred

geoff-uk123
geoff-uk123

To be honest, I couldn't care less about this next game since I've been done with the series ever since I got Skate 2. They need to stop milking this series and let it die already. It was great back in the day, but now it's finished. There's no way it can compete with Skate now.

Yay_Gamerz
Yay_Gamerz

No Board = Possible a Good Game! With Board = Bad Game......ALREADY!

andrew1995k
andrew1995k

It would be cool if you could use a ps3 controller or skate board

Mikethechimp
Mikethechimp

...In other news, Skate 3 is coming out in two weeks!

RedSoxfan67
RedSoxfan67

They just won't stop with the milking.

GC4ever
GC4ever

still using the board? lame...... glad im out of this series......hello skate

alexLmx6
alexLmx6

when has there ever been a tony hawks game with snowboarding?... but seriously, until they ditch the stupid board there wont be another good game, and the skate games are just too good anyways

Dan21278
Dan21278

So we have Ride and now we are gonna have "Shred". What's next Roll? lol

Gazz_777
Gazz_777

People may not like what i am saying but i like tony hawk games. I bought all the games but not yet got ride. I would keep buying them if they were just a normal tony hawk game and not the board with it. I like skate as well but i don't know whats better because i like all skating games.

xbox360555
xbox360555

i dont know, i (as you can tell with the 7.0 rating with ride)thought the series was alot better with out the skate board controller, so you might want to wait for skate 3 or better yet, get skate or skate 2 if your desperate.and DrKill09 your right, guitar hero and tony hawk do make alot of games.

CPM_basic
CPM_basic

Ride just brought down the series ten notches. I just want a regular Tony Hawk game like Tony Hawk 4 with sweet controls and amazing levels. I just want to skate, don't give me these stupid challenges. Oh and the speed in Tony Hawk games has been getting so fast it's uncontrollable... bring down the speed a little or let us control game speed. I'm pretty damn good at Tony Hawk but the game speed in the series has increased to the point where you fly down 20 foot stair rail in 1 seconds before you have the chance to pull some cool tricks.

DrKill09
DrKill09

Tony, your series is dead. Do tv commercials if your so desperate for money! :P Meanwhile, I'll be playing Skate 3 non stop! Anyway, I'm gonna laugh when this bombs... AGAIN! I don't know what series Activision milked more, TH or Guitar Hero.

Malhound
Malhound

Bring back Skate or Die. EA, commit suicide if you don't make PS2 games.

DFen
DFen

well when I saw the word "shred" at first I thought he was gonna put a stop the tony hawk series completely lol but wow I guess they still havent learned there lesson from making tony hawk ride huh lol, sigh so horrible there only option now is to copy skate gameplay which of course would be pathetic, nothing more tony hawk can do to make this game better at all just lost hope in the tony hawk series,,,,

TXGAMER7
TXGAMER7

dylan417 is right lol WHERE THA F**K is UNDERGROUND 3 AT?

Aaron_Knuts1
Aaron_Knuts1

Sorry, Tony. What you promised with Ride didn't happen too well. If you want to prove you got the top sports game title like a few years ago, (when they were awesome), you need to let us demo the game before we buy it.

otanikun
otanikun

Better be a damn skating game, Ride was a huge disappointment, interesting concept, but horribly executed, I'll give you another chance Mr. Hawk, one more failure and I'll consider you, my childhood hero, dead.

Dan21278
Dan21278

Tony..Tony,Tony Tony sighs. After "RIDE" I don't think I'll be buying any of your games sorry I just lost all faith in you. You had your time but those day are over. Life is change Tony and your not apart of that change. (Sorry if I sound too harsh I'm in a bad mood :()

StSk8ter29
StSk8ter29

I purchased the first game out of support for the idea, but saying it could be better is an understatement.

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

@geekindenial All I'm saying is that it helped me grasp the basics of drumming... on an ION that is, not the plastic joke of a set RB comes with. Maybe just the musicians who take themselves too seriously can't say that?

geekindenial
geekindenial

@StJimmy15: no self respecting musician can play RB and GH and say "wow this is pretty close to the real thing". Ive been playing guitar and drums for 17 years. Just saying.

Bortson
Bortson

@pixeladdict Skate or die was the best. Regular or funky lol?

XxTerryH15xX
XxTerryH15xX

how hard is it to make a game like this?make the gameplay back like tony hawk pro skater/underground enough with this new stuff milkivison!

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Perhaps it should be Tony Hawk What Happened?? This franchise has been all over the place, losing marketshare the whole while. Can't we just bring back Skate or Die?

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

i think its called shred because of how activision has destroyed almost every franchise they have had!

Jackc8
Jackc8

A sequel to one of the crappiest games in recent memory. Brilliant! You've just got to laugh when it's announced that the payroll will be bigger for the next game. I guess it's just that obvious to everyone that the basic problem with the last game was that they made it as cheaply as humanly possible. This is all stuff that you would never dream of hearing from other developers or publishers. Just Activision.

Skargamer
Skargamer

how can it be a snowboarding game?!?! ITS TONY FREAKIN HAWK!!!!

True_Chaos_UK
True_Chaos_UK

Meh. Just re-release the original 3 on xbla and psn then u might sell more than 10,000 copies

thetravman
thetravman

What a dumb name. It ran out of ideas for a decent TH game a while ago, now they're running out of names? I hope the series can pick up to its past greatness because Skate no longer has my interest anymore. The good times were the TH times.

SillySkeleton
SillySkeleton

@geekindenial While the guitar isn't alot like the real thing, I think it simulates playing a real guitar far more effectively than the RIDE board does with skateboarding. (a power chord feels more like a power chord, than a kick flip will feel like a kick flip) And like StJimmy said, the drums (and microphones) are about as close as you can get to the real thing for the price you pay.

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

@jasongm Heck ya bro, skate is amazing!

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

@geekindenial Drums on both RB and GH come awfully close. I know I started on Rock Band and worked my way up to expert on the hard*** songs (All That Remains, Metallica, etc) and that set me waay far ahead when I started taking real lessons. Just saying.

geekindenial
geekindenial

@sillyskeleton: but you can't simulate the feeling of playing real instruments on those games you mentioned either. just saying.

Bobzfamily
Bobzfamily

Can they please end this series? It hasn't been good in years and years, why do they even use Tony Hawk's name anymore? He isn't relevant at all and skateboarding is no longer the popular phenomena it once was.

jasongm
jasongm

Poor Tony.... Sorry I'm just sold with the Skate series now.

SillySkeleton
SillySkeleton

He's a stubborn one. Maybe another round of poor reviews will help him understand the skateboard peripheral just isn't as good as it looks on paper. This isn't Guitar Hero or Rockband. If you can't simulate the feeling of riding a real skateboard on that thing, then stick to the controller.

JJnyg24
JJnyg24

Activision's Tony Hawk skateboarding video games are washed up just like Tony Hawk himself. This is hard for me to say since the original Playstation THPS and THPS 2 are some of the best gaming experiences of my youth.

fon1988
fon1988

I barely like this series anymore. Project 8 was okay but everything else has sucked so much. The worst one ever was Tony Hawk Ride and now Shred is following in it's footsteps.

BloodMist
BloodMist

God damned Activision, they just don't know when to stop.

boarwar
boarwar

fail like the last 3 or 4