The Remaster That Could Revive Skating Video Games

The Remaster That Could Revive Skating Video Games

Connor Parker, Staff Writer

 On September 19, 2000 Tony Hawk, who is one of the most recognizable skate icons, collabed with Activision and released Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2, which would go on to become arguably one of the greatest games of all time. On September 4, 2020 Tony Hawk and Activision came back together to remaster both Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2. This new remaster adds new challenges and options in better graphics.

There used to be two major skating game franchises, one of them was Activision, and the other one was EA with their Skate franchise. In recent years the whole skating genre in video games has been dying out, with the last Skate game being released in 2010 and the last Tony Hawk game being released in 2015. This new remaster of these two iconic skating games might have been a way to allow a new generation of kids to want to get into skating to revamp this genre of gaming, and a nostalgia trip for the older players.

This game ended up being pretty successful for the franchise. It did very well in bringing back the fun, arcade style games that the originals were. It even sold over a million copies in the first ten days of its release, which makes it the fastest game to reach 1 million copies sold in the franchise’s history. 

I was able to interview Silvio Porretta, who was Art Director of a lot of the art work of both the original Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2’s games, about some of his thoughts on how the original game performed and how it created this big franchise and he said, “Actually nobody expected it to do as well as it did. We knew it was a good game when we released the first demo which attracted a lot of attention, but we didn’t know that it would become a blockbuster franchise. When it became very successful, everybody was happy about it and it made me feel humble.”

 I was also able to ask him what he thinks about this new remaster and he said, “The re-release is a very good update of the first two games. It will bring a lot of nostalgia to older players and expose the new generation to a fresh genre. It will not be the phenomenon that it was 20 years ago, but it’ll most likely be a success. I wonder if Activision/Blizzard will try to revive the franchise.” 

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater might just be the game that brings back the skating genre in video games. With over 1 million copies in the first 10 days, companies like EA might come out with the long awaited Skate 4 and Activision could possibly remaster more games and create new ones with this better idea on how people prefer these skate games.