Tony Hawk Gets New Developer After 9 Games

With the nine main Tony Hawk games under its belt, creator Neversoft has relinquished control of the skateboarding series to another development studio.

"It's probably best for the franchise ... it's time for someone else to add fresh ideas to it," Neversoft co-founder Joel Jewett told the Great Falls Tribune.

Instead, the Activision-owned studio will continue to focus on Guitar Hero. Neversoft took over Guitar Hero after creator Harmonix was acquired by MTV in 2006, and has released three entries in the series since. A fourth, Guitar Hero Metallica, is due early this year.

Activision has long hyped the next major Tony Hawk game as something radically different, claiming that the game would be rebuilt "from the ground up" and "won't be your father's Tony Hawk", with frequent reports of a new skateboard controller.

The next Tony Hawk major entry is expected to arrive this fall. Some speculate that the Fight Night veterans at Robomodo are working on the project, as the company announced that it was working with Actvision on a "high-profile extreme sports title."

From The Chatty
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    January 12, 2009 10:32 AM

    Wait, no "Gun 2"??? I am so disappointed!!!

    (This is a bit worrisome if Neversoft is now full-bore on GH -- Activision is going to drive this series into the ground if they have Neversoft 100% on it)

    (That said, hopefully the new TH devs will look to EA's Skate for some inspiration to freshen the series.)

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      January 12, 2009 11:11 AM

      They already have driven it into the ground in my opinion

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      January 12, 2009 11:12 AM

      Also I wouldn't mind a skating game with Skate's focus on realism and the simplicity of it, but without the analog controls. I loved the new take with the controls but there's also something to be said for the precision of a traditional button configuration.

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