Legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk has weighed in the possibility of Pro Skater remasters–and the news isn’t exactly great for people hoping to see the franchise return. Posting on Twitter, Hawk pointed out that Activision owns the license to the Tony Hawk Pro Skater franchise, adding that he is no longer involved in discussions with the publisher.
Hawk, 49, went on to say that he “would be happy” to take on the challenge of creating new Pro Skater games “for newer systems.” But unfortunately for fans, Hawk acknowledged that he lacks the skills or authority (due to Activision calling the shots) to do so.
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
The Birdman also said he has no power to revive the servers for older Pro Skater games, including potentially Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5. People reported online that the game’s online servers were reportedly switched off sometime in the last year. Without the online functionality, the skateboarding title lacks core features on what was already a very hard-to-recommend experience.
In 2012, Activision released Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD, which features levels from earlier entries in the series. No other high-definition remakes have come since. As a company, Activision has said it is open to making more remasters after Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy performed so well, though whether or not a new Tony Hawk remaster is among these remains to be seen.
2015’s Pro Skater 5 is the latest entry in the long-running series that debuted in 1999, and no new titles have been announced. The news that Hawk is no longer involved with the franchise is probably not what fans want to hear, though as always, things could change. We have contacted Activision in an attempt to get more details on what the company’s plans for the franchise going forward may be.
In January last year, Hawk teased that he was working on a new skateboarding game without Activision.