Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 confirms a return to the series' roots

The latter days of the Tony Hawk franchise introduced a lot of gimmicks, most recently introducing a heavy, expensive skateboard peripheral. All of those gimmicks are now a thing of the past, as Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 is a return to the series' classic gameplay style.


It's been teased for a while, but the rumors are now reality. There is indeed a new Tony Hawk game in the works. However, the time for open-world missions, silly exchanges with Bam Margera, and actual skateboard peripherals is over. Activision and Robomodo look to be going back to basics and, thus, the next game in the series is being called Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5.

Game Informer revealed the story earlier today. Pro Skater 5 will return to the format of the previous Pro Skater games, focusing on individual stages with their own objectives. The game will feature competitive and co-op multiplayer, with online features allowing friends to seamlessly jump into each other's game sessions. Players will also be able to build custom skate parks and share them online.

New gameplay ideas are also set to be introduced, such as power-ups and projectiles. Projectiles will be used for select missions and while that may sound strange on the surface, it's still less strange than playing with an actual skateboard peripheral.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 is set to release on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 later this year. Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions are set to release shortly thereafter.

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    May 5, 2015 9:50 AM

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      May 5, 2015 10:03 AM

      Too bad it's got weird crap like power ups, projectiles, and that piece of shit developer that has made several of the worst TH-related games.

      I was so excited about this on a conceptual level, but now I fully expect something mediocre at best.

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      May 5, 2015 10:29 AM

      I want it.

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      May 5, 2015 10:40 AM


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      May 5, 2015 10:48 AM

      still waiting for Skate 4

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      May 5, 2015 11:14 AM

      All im going to say is, what the fuck is happening to gaming? Im playing the same ol' games with a new coat of paint. LOL
      You cant make this stuff up bro!
      Where are the innovative, NEW games.?

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        May 5, 2015 11:22 AM

        Blockboy! It's anewgame with an old coat of paint.

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        May 5, 2015 11:32 AM

        at least its not another faux 8 bit sidescroller

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          May 5, 2015 11:43 AM

          You did this to vex me didn't you.

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            May 5, 2015 12:11 PM

            nah im just tired of them

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              May 5, 2015 12:30 PM

              There can never be enough, although the market will definitely get its fill.

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                May 5, 2015 12:33 PM

                it's a personal preference issue, if people want them, companies can keep making them, I'll just never buy them

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                  May 5, 2015 12:34 PM

                  unless they do a high def remake of flashback, I'll the shit out of that

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      May 5, 2015 11:25 AM

      I'm cautiously optimistic.

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      May 5, 2015 12:01 PM

      Meh. thps was fun in my early 20s. At 34 I just don't care about it anymore.

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        May 5, 2015 12:54 PM

        I'm still a big fan of score-attack games. I really want this game to be about making huge chains and amassing monstrous scores.

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      May 5, 2015 12:18 PM

      Those images do not look like a current gen game.. Is it a budget / downloadable title?

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