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Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5: Online Play, Park Creator Details

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Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5: Online Play, Park Creator Details

Greetings, PlayStation fans! Not sure if you watched all the news out of E3, but Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 is real. Very real. Today we have a new “behind the scenes” trailer with yours truly, a bunch of guys from my team, Tony Hawk himself, and some of the in-game skate pros.

In case you need to get up to speed: our goal is to capture the combo-driven energy and tightly designed levels of the Pro Skater games while ambitiously expanding the experience with seamless online play. The gameplay is in the signature style of classic Pro Skater games in a brand-new set of levels with the same focus on daring objectives, fine-tuned controls, and high-score tricks — including manuals and reverts — for stringing together those huge combos.

The game’s skateboarding pros include Tony Hawk, Nyjah Huston, Chris Cole, Riley Hawk, Aaron “Jaws” Homoki, Lizzie Armanto, Leticia Bufoni, David Gonzalez, Andrew Reynolds, and Ishod Wair — or customize your own skater. And of course the soundtrack will be sick. More details on that soon.

Online multiplayer is where Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 truly takes off, letting players drop in and out of ongoing online skate sessions with friends and challengers from around the world; it’s like a skatepark that never closes. Complete missions, unlock new content, and level up online or offline, or go head-to-head on the fly against all takers in competitive matches.

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You can play with 20 people at once, which is insane. Players can also build their own imaginative skateparks to share with the community. Definitely make note of the fact that these online features are only in the PS4 version – the PS3 version has no online play. Tons more to talk about here in the upcoming months, so stay tuned.

Also we’re starting to roll out various pre-order programs for the game. Check online for pre-order exclusives from your favorite retailers – and of course PlayStation Store, where PS4 pre-order is now available.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 is being developed by my company Robomodo, along with Disruptive Games. Activision is, of course, publishing it. It will be available for PS4 on September 29th, 2015 for $59.99. The PS3 version is expected to release by Holiday 2015.

Can’t wait to share more over the summer!

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47 Comments

  • Definitely excited to give this game a try!

  • Split-screen? cause the lack of it is the reason I didn’t buy THPSHD :/

    • Same here, rolo. Though I wouldn’t mind streaming with this game, offline multiplayer is something there needs to be more of. Idk why companies are taking that away

    • Agree with both of you. Splitscreen must rise again! Granted, I still bought THPSHD when it was on sale. :P

    • Split Screen is the only way to play two player as both players need to be able to see or else it would be nearly impossible to play. Without the split screen you would almost have to play blindly off of instinct. Unless there was a remote connection, link cable, or online play, but both require two consoles, two tvs, at least, and / or broadband and all just for two-player?

    • That was also my reason.

  • Ah yes another franchise from my childhood

  • bernionline2

    No Split Screen online?

  • I really dislike those blue lights and eletric skateboards :s Seriously

  • Looks fun and looks like how I remember it from my childhood when playing on PSOne… but I also mean that by the graphics… they need to be updated by a lot.

    • Tony Hawk was by far the best game when played on the N64 version. I’m not saying that it was better than Playstation One it was just the game play in the Playstation version was hard to play, the controls were hard to use, and the score stopped counting. At the time the N64 version was way better in terms of game play, but people did say that Nintendo did not have as great of graphics. Graphics in video games are important. I think there were 4 Tony Hawk games on the 64 and I played all of them very regularly. I have a few versions of Tony Hawk still on both the Playstation One and 64.

    • C-Down on N64 made all the difference. The other game consoles never had the 4 C buttons. However, later on the Xbox control had added the C button model. Playstation had the L1, L2 and R1, R2.

  • Tony Hawk was at CES 1015, again, on stage with Sony. There is a lot of Cameras and Televisions at CES and Tony Hawk is with Sony on that stuff. CES also has all the new electronic stuff and Tony Hawk is big on all the newest electronics as it is like one of his favorite pass-times.

  • Split Screen online would be great, however Split Screen offline would be a must. I really dig the old school graphics, it truly looks like a faithful continuation of the original games!

  • thefoxymoron

    I was a huuuuuge Tony Hawk Pro Skater fan back in the day…but my goodness, this looks like something that should be played on an Android phone, not a home console. And I sincerely thought this was going to be a downloadable title, maybe $20 at most. But nope, it’s available to preorder at $59.99.

    Good luck to you guys (and gals) at Robomodo, but nothing about this, from the textures, to the gameplay, to the animations, looks like anything worth $59.99.

    (and that sucks, because I wanted to be excited about this.)

    • Don’t judge a game that you haven’t even played because of the way it looks.

    • thefoxymoron

      @JRey38: Don’t steal my avatar! :P

      Listen, it’s not simply the graphics…look at those awful/awkward animations! They show these actual skateboarders performing tricks in front of motion capture machines, yet apparently didn’t even bother to use that in the game? (Maybe in cutscenes?!) The movements are so jerky, so wooden, it’s hard to see how anyone could justify this for $60. I’m just being honest.

      If these guys (and gals) had a better track record when it came to the Tony Hawk franchise, maybe I’d be more optimistic. We’re talking about a studio who has put out Tony Hawk: RIDE and followed it up with Tony Hawk: SHRED. Yes, they did the remastered THPSHD, but as many others have argued, (and I completely agree with) that remake just felt weird. Something was…off…about it.

      So, yeah, sorry. I’m judging this game. Hard.

    • I 100% agree. I’d happily play $20 for this. $60 is to steep biased on what they are showing me in these vids. It looks last gen, and pretty unpolished. I would think it would be a fun grab at some point for $20.

  • this was vita gameplay?

  • I don’t know guys, I mean a release of this game only after OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood. Are you just hoping that everyone will be all played out after that and looking for yet another skateboarding game? How could Pro Skater ever compete with the graphics, game play, quality, and thoughtfulness of the gamer that went into OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood. Welcome to Olliwood even had the power of the press and media that allowed OlliOlli to capture the attention of the world.

    I’m actually joking, Tony Hawk will most defiantly be able to hold his own. I heard that he even owns Olli Olli due to its’ affiliation with skateboarding.

    • thefoxymoron

      Last time I checked, I got OlliOlli for free. And even those who paid for it, paid normal “indie games” prices. They’re expecting you to shell out the same amount of money as you would for Arkham Knight or Witcher 3 for this thing. Apples and oranges.

  • yowzagabowza

    I love THPS. One of my favorite franchises. But no way in hell am i buying a game that looks that bad from a graphical standpoint. Ypu guys arent even trying if that is the end result. If you want $60, you have a long way to go. As it is, i wouldnt even pay 15. Id just wait til it went on plus.
    Too bad as id love to be excited.

    • “Too bad as id love to be excited”

      No, you wouldn’t.

    • Wait so your not going to buy it because of the way it looks from a graphical standpoint? Whoa you are so wrong on so many levels with that comment alone but hey that’s just you.

  • I was so hyped for this until I saw no online on PS3. Please make online play for the PS3 and Splitscreen is a must. Anyone want to play THPSHD? can’t find any players

    • didyougetthememo

      Same here feel free to look me up and friend request me for thpshd online play whenever you are ready!

  • Would make a great Vita title

  • Viewtiful_Gene

    Just 8 stages? I saw that on the trailer.
    Oh, let me guess, the rest of the stages will be DLC. Thanks Activision.

    By the way, the physics still look off, even with all the cuts on the video.
    Also, the Slam Button may break the experience if you really wanted to make a “classic gameplay”, but we will see after the release.
    And one more thing: in a trailer you show the gameplay and the game modes , not people talking, especially when Robomodo f***d up the HD edition, and made 2 gimmicky pieces of crap Tony Hawks.
    And for last: Don’t pay attention to the graphic wh*r3s, games are about gameplay and fun. Funny is that the same people saying the graphics are bad keep sucking gigantic indie d****.

    • No.
      I live in the future, and graphics matter. I’m not going to watch a fuzzy DVD, when my TV can handle HD 1080p or 4K, so… Graphics matter. This looks like a PS3 game. If I wanted to play a fun game, with older graphics and texture without realistic lighting and effects, I’d play this on my… PS3. To your point, yes a game needs to be fun so people enjoy it and keep playing it, but there’s no excuse for a AAA game studio to have last gen graphics in this day and age.

  • Can we get Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD for PS Plus on the PS3 sometime soon?

  • punkmusic2009

    I was woundering they don’t make beta games for ps3 anymore because the black ops 2 beta if you preorder is ownly on pc xbox one and ps4 if you preorder it on ps3 you ownly get the game when it comes out not even the posters and you guys sould have cash turnaments like mlb

  • PainOfSarrow

    the PS3 version has no online play…. Im not into online play but when it takes away main features like downloading Community creations and such then its a problem. Reasoning ?

  • DWilson8504

    No Chad Muska? Hopefully he’ll be DLC or unlockable. I loved playing as him back in the old games.

  • No couch/offline split screen = no buy

  • played every tony hawk game in the series, back in the day, and graphically, at least from this video, this game looks worse than those games did, back then. where’s the detail? sad to say, but i think this franchise is as dead as tony looks, these days. i like how he’s all “we did this” and “we did that” though. lol.

  • playing as spiderman back in tony hawk pro skater 2 (best in the series)… was the bomb! oh and guess what! we could create and edit our own skate parks back then, too. whoa. innovative.

  • WayneGauvin

    I cannot wait to play this game. I wish people would just wait for the game to come out and play it before they judge. I guess that’s the world of gamers.

  • JohnXuandou

    If I’m being honest, I don’t even care about the visuals so much, but those animations look really terrible. Also the new slam down mechanic looks nice and is a welcome addition, but as far as the rest of the engine goes I’m pretty skeptical. This is by the same team that did THPSHD and that engine was bad. The physics were all wrong and it just felt worse to actually play.

    Also from what I’ve seen and things I’ve heard, this game is going with a THPS3 design, which is a mistake in my opinion. THUG was so good and was such a strong evolution to the series that going back to THPS3 is going to feel like an actual step backwards in the series. I mean sure, a lot of the later games after THUG and THUG2 added a bunch of stuff no one was happy with and I get wanting to go back to a more basic foundation, but come on, you want to make a THPS game for the current age by making one exactly like it was made over a decade ago.

  • I want to be excited about this, and I would gladly pay $60 for a new Tony Hawk game in the vain of the first 3 games, but this doesn’t look like those first 3 games.

  • If this game has Split screen multiplayer, then I will definitely buy it. If it doesn’t then you are missing the main reason that Tony Hawk games were fun in the first place. I spent hours playing TH 1 through american wasteland because my brothers and I could create our own characters and skate against each other in the same room. Online play is not the same. Splitscreen is entirely possible. Not having it at launch will cost you a lot of sales. I also didn’t buy THPS HD because of the lack of it. Delay it if you have to, but a Pro Skater game without offline split screen is not a Pro Skater game. We also need multiple created characters on 1 profile.

  • plaztiksyke

    very inclusive lineup, female skaters++!!

    but… the game really looks like an upscaled PS2 game. maybe it’s because there isn’t a 1080p60 video up yet, but the lighting all looks very static, the skeletal physics appear non-existent, and the doesn’t seem to be any surface-specific shaders/maps for the environments or faces.

    I guess a level editor is cool, but other games did that on last-gen literally 7 or 8 years ago.

    I’d love a true next-gen Tony Hawk Pro Skater, but the work-in-progress builds and videos I’ve seen so far aren’t it.

    Please illuminate me, if I’m mistaken :)

    • PanTheMan16

      Oh my gosh. Seriously, get off the blog with your ridiculous agendas. There have been female skaters in THPS games since the very beginning. This isn’t something new. History isn’t being made here. The series has never been anti-female.

      If you want to see a “true next-gen Tony Hawk Pro Skater”, you’ll likely have to wait at least 5 years for that, as we aren’t even 2 years into the current generation of game consoles yet.

      You also aren’t likely to see much of an improvement from this game. For one thing, Activision is behind it, and they just like to push games out the door as quickly as possible. Secondly, Robomodo? They haven’t done much of anything, so who knows how skilled that team is. And third, it’s a skateboarding game; While there is a loyal fanbase and many skateboarders out there, this isn’t a guaranteed big-seller.

  • I’m surprised to see this game is supposed to come out in September, seems very soon based on what we’ve seen and how it looks.

  • bensboringpsn

    +1 to making a Vita version. Would be incredible to be able to take this on the go!

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