Despite once being among the most popular franchises in gaming, the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater series has all but disappeared from sight over the past few years. While a mobile installment of the game is set to arrive later this summer, it had looked like the series was becoming but a distant memory for consoles - that is until pro skater himself, Tony Hawk, took to Reddit for an AMA (Ask Me Anything) and suggested that a next gen version of the came could happen.
When asked about the future of the series during the Q&A, Hawk said:
There is a CHANCE of something in the future for newer consoles. we make a new console game, I would prefer to keep the original control scheme. That's what makes our series THPS, and not a copy of something else.Inthe meanwhile, we are releasing TH Shred Sessions for mobile devices (iOS, Android, tablets) soon-ish.
It had previously been suggested that a return to the home console realm could be on the cards for the series, but nothing materialized beyond the forthcoming Shred Sessions - although now Hawk would appear to have opened the door for an all new installment, which would certainly be good news in our book.
As for the rest of the AMA session, Hawk offered some other interesting tidbits of information.
On THPS competitor Skate:
Ihonestly rarely played them.I appreciated that skateboarding had come so far as a videogame genre that there was viable competition in the field though. And any game that had a Pixies song in the soundtrack is okay with me.
On his favourite THPS game:
Mfavorite is THPS2 because it put skateboarding on the map as a videogame genre and many people have said it is the reason they started skating at all.
On his involvement in the renowned THPS soundtracks:
I gave many suggestions because I wanted the games to represent the diversity and uniqueness of skate culture, ad once Activision acquiredGuitar Hero, the music licensing team got approvals much faster.
On whether he played the games as himself:
I always finish my games with my 'pre-made' character so that I know all of 'my' special moves and I'm ready for any random challengers. So I play with myself, so to speak.