Tony Hawk Ride sliding onto PS3, Wii, 360 for the holidays

[UPDATE] Activision takes the wraps off its long-rumored skateboard-peripheral-based game, to be fully revealed at E3 June 2; Robomodo and Buzz Monkey developing.

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Last June, the now-infamous Intellisponse leak took the wraps off the now-revealed Xbox Live Avatars, karaoke game Lips, and Guitar Hero World Tour neck slide. Now, yet another game accidentally unmasked by the market-research firm has been officially announced.

This morning, the Tony Hawk Ride Web site--http://thride.com/--went live, revealing the title, platforms, and developer of the long-awaited relaunch of Activision's Tony Hawk series. As predicted by the aforementioned leak and subsequent reports, the game will use a skateboard controller and will be released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. As can be seen in the shot of the game, the peripheral will be a wireless full-sized skate dek, and it will have the buttons located along one side.

Not revealed in the Intellisponse leak was that Tony Hawk Ride will also be coming to the Wii, nor the identity of its developers. Upstart shop Robomodo--which rose from the ashes of EA Chicago--is one of the shops working on the project, as had been suspected since Neversoft revealed it was no longer involved with the Tony Hawk series. Also present on the site is the logo for Eugene, Oregon-based Buzz Monkey--which worked on Tomb Raider: Underworld (but not as the primary developer).

The game's official site promises more information on June 2--the first day of the 2009 Electronic Entertainment Expo, which GameSpot will be covering live from Los Angeles.

[UPDATE] Activision has now confirmed Tony Hawk ride will be released "this holiday," with Robomodo developing the 360 and PS3 versions and Buzz Monkey working on the Wii edition. The "intuitive" board peripheral will use "a combination of accelerometers and motion sensors" and will require no other controller, the company said in a statement.

Discussion

294 comments
9thedevilmaycry
9thedevilmaycry

cant wait for people to make a fool of themselves on this skateboard XD

LAsVillian
LAsVillian

Not to tell Tony Hawk to give up... But... Just join the Skate. franchise. But this is a great attempt to resurrect the T. Hawk franchise. Not bad. Let's see how it plays out.

WarGrad
WarGrad

rather use a real controller...

Strife88
Strife88

No thanks...I'd rather go skate outside or play skate 2.

dth_dlr
dth_dlr

the board looks good but i get the feeling it will be very hard to get use to. this game certainly has some potential, lets see if it live up to it.

whointheworld
whointheworld

its been along time since i've been excited for a tony hawk game, after project 8, the series just fell. after that i switched to skate........ but im willing to go back to tony hawk for this one. :)

pakhair
pakhair

Tony Hawk series is eventually dying................ This looks like a reboot to the series........... The skate is cool............

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hhap52
hhap52

that board looks sweet

Hulksmash77
Hulksmash77

biggest ripoff of the wii balance board I've ever seen. Could be good but I really doubt it...what is with that board-controller? Do they actually expect you to do a REAL kick-flip for it to work on the game?

bbballin
bbballin

so sick way better than any crappy wii game wanna be like skate it or something

noheartsniper
noheartsniper

i will defintly not be buying this. and another thing im just not speaking for myself but im speaking for anybody else who agrees. how the hell are handicapped people supposed to play. while i am not in a wheelchair anymore i still have trouble walking and i like the tony hawk series. piece of sh!t people dont think about this. i bet you cant use the controller or anything. activision you suck

kick473
kick473

umm no offense to the dev but this game looks like another wake rip off to keep up wit the wii.... and idk wat they r trying to compete with the wii is a 1 time play system u play it the 1st week u get it then u barely touch the thing agian...lol this is going to be one of thoose games watch. and also idk how they r going to use tht skateboard controller it doesnt make any sense to me. most people who play tony hawk games dont skate irl... so ytf wud they skate on this game if u cant really do the tricks on the board no point to the game at all stick to skate kiddies...

Snicker-Man
Snicker-Man

i agree with BonsaiMagpie it would be cool for hardcore gamers but its not good for casual gamers so it probly not going sell that good

BonsaiMagpie
BonsaiMagpie

i think crouching on a board ready to press buttons is going to put off a lot of hardocre gamers like myself (fatsos). but would be good for casual gamer, but since they are all wii-fit owners, who cares. This new perhipheral will be outdated after 3 or 4 games and will be a pure rip off.

Petercairns
Petercairns

could b kool, or mayb a wii Balance Board rip off...well in saying that i hate Wii and plus the skate board looks kool. So somthing to look at! :)

jonthereaper
jonthereaper

Its definately going to be interesting how this turns out, its a great idea and offers something very different from Skate. But where it might be quite good it could easily turn out to be a load of rubbish.. so I'm going to reserve judgement on this until I've played it..

baystatethrashr
baystatethrashr

the bundle is $110 ill pass thanks not paying that much for a game in this economy

purple_pride99
purple_pride99

They needed something to revive the series, not only was the gameplay getting stale but Skate has taken over the the best in the genre. Looks pretty cool actually.

SANE-MADMAN
SANE-MADMAN

The idea is pretty cool but it might not turn out cool. And also they shouldn't of taken away the controller cos some people dont wanna stand up all the time

nappan
nappan

By the way, remember that this is just a slab of plastic with some accelerometers and gyros in it. It responds to MINUTE changes in state, like any such peripheral. If people think they'll be jumping all over the floor on this thing... think again. This is just Activision being Activision and sucking money out of the suckers who are, as the saying goes, born each minute. Fanboys can stack it next to their fake plastic guitars, fake plastic drumsets, fake plastic... well... you get the idea. =p

nappan
nappan

@Autolycus: Here's a thought... maybe skateboarding in a "real life'" manner is totally seperate from a game. I don't want a skating tutorial, I want to pull flips in-game, and get air like Tony Hawk. Skateboarding isn't something I'm interested in OUTSIDE of videogames. It is an error on the part of devs to assume that the closer to "real" you get, the better the experience. By doing this, the TH franchise almost guarantees that it will dissapoint and piss of real skaters such as you Autolycus, an the format has already alieneted the casual fan of Tony Hawk games... not skaing... just tony hawk games lol. Seriously, they're some of the only sports games I used to enjoy... USED to. I just don't get it... we're not being offered sensible alternatives to the handheld controller this gen... just a bunch of dongles and gimmicks designed to increase revenue for some really weak games. Just because you stand on the bloody thing and skateboarding related activities are happening on-sscreen, the tech is NOT there to make the experience feel MORE real. Prancing like a fool on a controller board (outside of an arcade) is just a gimmick, like light-guns, etc. All fine toys, but in small arcade-sized doses.

Flat_Line_____
Flat_Line_____

I just wanna know how you are supposed to hit the buttons, (If you have to in-game) Do you crouch drown and use your hands? Or, Tap the side with your toe? lol The latter sounds more rediculous I know. At first glance, Putting SOME kind of big, easy to hit buttons towards the top-front of the board to press with your feet/toes would almost make sense. I started to think that maybe you don't use the buttons at all during gameplay but it has directional keys on it so.... Maybe that is just for navigating menus and such. I dunno, But I would like to see it in action.

ultralesus
ultralesus

Hey Activision... since you seem to be adding peripherals to your non-Guitar Hero games now, can I get a fully working Transformer controller thats life size and completly animated that actually transforms and fires missiles from its hand? ...That would be sooooooo cool.

ultralesus
ultralesus

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guynamedyeah
guynamedyeah

this controller is going to do more than break a few tv's. looking at it makes me want to do a heelflip.

lewser5
lewser5

Interesting that no other controller will be needed. I could see this thing breaking after some tricks. But how well it responds and how it plays will be the key this is going to succeed.

snarple_basic
snarple_basic

I think more people need to have a open mind about this one. Lets face it right now games are much to recyled, and only sequals sell. Sure this is another Tony Hawk game but this Skate Board peripherals is looking like a very innovative new idea. If it wasn't at all fun I'm sure the idea would get scraped by the developer, give it a chance guys. We should encourage innovation, not hate on it

Autolycus
Autolycus

i've been skating for 21 years and the Tony Hawk for the Wii, using the balance board, was IMPOSSIBLE. I couldnt turn or do ish with it.... I would hope, whomever the developer is, they learned a lesson from that title.

Autolycus
Autolycus

Um if you think this is stupid, obviously you are a poser.... sorry Skateboarding is actually difficult and painful in real life... you should try it. But you'll have to take off your Mandels first

nappan
nappan

Wow, Tony Hawk games just plowed through the floor after Project 8 huh? I mean, I liked P8.. and even AW was playable if bland... but this... this is unplayable.

ptown58
ptown58

That Gametrailer site show is annoying skipping from one game to another than back and all I can say is good luck to TH and that wacky board controller ha ha kids have to actually touch their board ,I thought no one did that anymore except old guys.

diablo_del_bano
diablo_del_bano

All of these game peripherals trying to make games more realistic are just bringing us closer to a holodeck in every home.

NeoDemonChilde
NeoDemonChilde

2ndJeff Posted May 18, 2009 7:58 am GMT I would just like to know how i'm supposed to play that thing. Where do i step to make a kickflip? how do i even ollie, am I supposed to just pop an ollie or what? Please dont go down the stupid peripheral way, its so pointless, if i want to stand on a skateboard, i'll grab my skateboard. I just dont see why we have to mimmic everything we do in games, soon madden will have us in full gear and a tackling dummy, Gears of war will have you crouching behiend your chouch... And everything started with a colourmatching game (guitar hero). I LIKE MY CONTROLLER! Definetly this ^^

Exodist
Exodist

Why do I get the feeling that thing will be easy to break...

black_ice23
black_ice23

they better allow balance board support instead of forcing their peripheral on us, or design a black balance board branded with Tony Hawk, but still the nintendo one

Aletunda
Aletunda

This looks like a total waste of time, i think this should be a wii title only to use the wii balance board (for those who have it) and combination of wii mote like skate it, even tony hawk downhill jam was fun with a few mates round. I just can't see this lifting off like skate 1 or 2 did . Tony hawk games are dead, time to move on

RaZ0Rs3dge
RaZ0Rs3dge

HEY MCFLY! Those boards don't work on watta' unless you got POWAH!

firehawk998
firehawk998

I wish this board had hovercraft technology underneath it then it can fly like the hoverboards like the ones in the Back To The Future Trilogy. Anyways lets see how this thing gets implemented in the game.

eestiwe
eestiwe

seriously cant we stick to the normal controller? I understand that ''this kind of a controller'' is good for Guitar Hero. But for other games!??!?!?!? Nope...

2ndJeff
2ndJeff

I know that Guitar Hero wasn't the first, if that was what you ment. But it have never been so popular to use a peripheral as it is with guitar hero. Not that I'm aware of anyway. None offence taken.

MrFinalFantasy
MrFinalFantasy

at least Guitar Hero/RockBand with its Peripherals are considered Perfect. but this. oh my. i seriously have no idea. sooner or later. its not just the softwares that will fill the room. the hardwares too. P.S the board looks UGLY!

TheDere
TheDere

Im pretty sure that this peripheral wont be compulsary. Either way I wont be getting this, American Wasteland was the last good Tony Hawk game...

Hells_rebelion
Hells_rebelion

@ 2ndjeff It did NOT start with guitar hero LOL, seriously not to be mean but were you born within the last few years or something?

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

2ndJeff - I think you hit the nail right on the head. We play games to escape everyday life and do things we can't do.... I can't ride a skateboard, so I like to play Tony Hawks games. And don't start all those people who CAN ride skateboards banging on about how I should learn, and how easy it is etc etc.... we all have things we're good at, and things we're bad at. Skating, for me, is just one of things I CAN'T do. I've tried - a LOT, ok? I've always enjoyed Hawk's games, but can't see me picking this one up at all.

tmaclabi
tmaclabi

This one looks pretty cool 8)

GC4ever
GC4ever

im a die-hard tony hawk fan even i don't see how this can work this might b my last hawk game i will ever play........:(