Game News Tony Hawk confides in the abandonment of the 3+4 remake by Activision
After the moderate success of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2, it was legitimate to consider that a new 3+4 remake would follow. It was, before it was nipped in the bud by Activision Blizzard.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3+4: A Fatal Fusion
Licensed with an uncertain future since January 2021 and the merger of his Vicarious Vision studio with Activision Blizzard, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater no longer seems to be in the publisher’s plans. If the official merger of the two entities took place last April, it is the former professional skateboarder Tony Hawk himself who explains what happened behind the scenes. It was during a stream of more than two hours organized by andyTHPS, former license player recruited as lead designer on Guitar Hero and more recently Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 that “TH”” spoke:
I mean, that was the original plan, even when THPS1+2 came out, we were going to do 3+4. Then Vicarious kind of got sucked in, they (Activision Blizzard, editor’s note) looked for other developers and then it was over.
Tony Hawk specifies that after the merger, they continued to contact Activision to find out what the plans were for this opus 3+4 (of which we know nothing, except that it existed in the minds of the developers ). The publisher told them that they had looked for other studios:
They looked for a replacement, but found it hard to trust them like they did with Vicarious. Activision Blizzard even asked them “if you were asked to make THPS 3+4, what would you do?”, but none of the pitches submitted convinced them.
“We never know”
For the moment therefore, difficult to believe in the forthcoming release of a new opus by Tony Hawk. Like Toys for Bob, Vicarious Vision was called in to bolster Activision Blizzard’s workforce on its core licenses (Diablo and Call of Duty, among others). On the other hand, the publisher does not seem interested in publishing a new episode despite the correct results of THPS 1+2: it reached the million sales reached in one week, the best launch of the license on the British soil since 2003). But Tony Hawk still believes in it:
I hope there is a way to bring him back. I mean, who knows? Maybe when things are settled, we’ll know. We never know. I would never have thought that we were going to do a 1+2 twenty years later.
Perhaps one of those hopes lies in Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard earlier this year. As a reminder, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 was originally released on September 04, 2020. It is now available on PC, PS5, Xbox Series, Xbox One, PS4 and Nintendo Switch.