Remember the Tony Hawk Pro Skater franchise? Yeah, the one that introduced skateboarding to gamers and was a hit initially? If you ever wanted a Tony Hawk Pro Skater remaster or something, just know that the man himself, Tony Hawk, wants it too, but it’s all up to Activision.
Over on Twitter, Tony Hawk posted a tweet that explained why we aren’t seeing anything like that from him, and it’s due simply to Activision owning the rights.
To anyone asking me to ‘remaster” old games, or complaining about THPS servers being down: Activision owns the THPS license but I am no longer working with them. If I had the skills / authority to reboot servers or code games for newer systems on my own, I would be happy to…
— Tony Hawk (@tonyhawk) February 26, 2018
It’s as simple as that: Activision owns the licenses, and thus it falls upon them whether we see a new Tony Hawk Pro Skater game or not. That said, the last Pro Skater game was Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 released in 2015. If you don’t remember it, I don’t blame you — it was universally panned.
Should Activision release a Tony Hawk Pro Skater remaster compilation or should the publisher give the rights back to Tony Hawk and the skating legend can do it on his own?