Virtual skaters unite. A remastered collection of the legendary Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 and 2 games is set to be released in fall 2020. 🤘
Developed by Vicarious Visions, which has worked on the game in previous years and recently released the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, a remaster of the classic PlayStation series, THPS 1 and 2 will be released for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via the Epic Game Store on September 4, 2020. (That's nearly 21 years since the original version dropped.)
Pre-orders are now available and offer early access to a demo of the signature Warehouse skate park. On Tuesday, the comeback was announced along with a trailer, which was shared by the man himself: Tony Hawk.
"Thanks to all the fans of our series for keeping this dream alive," Hawk wrote in a tweet.
Looking at the details, this upcoming release will feature totally remastered, 4K graphics based on the original layout of the game, as well as all of the original levels. Yup, you can still shred School II similar to the glory days.
"We wanted to match inch by inch the geometry [of the levels] so that those lines feel exactly the same that they were before," Vicarious Visions studio head Jen Oneal told IGN.
Tricks and missions, like collecting SKATE letters and secret tapes, will remain consistent with the OG version, as well as the characters. (I call Bob Burnquist.) Some unfamiliar challenges will be introduced, too.
Other elements include a new competitive online multiplayer function along with split-screen, local multiplayer. There will also be a revamped create-a-park mode, giving players the ability to create and share custom skate parks with others. Oneal said skaters will be able to make their "ultimate skate amusement park" by utilizing "deformation" features.
Players will also have the option to switch between classic (button) and modern (analog stick) controls, though the buttons will still be the main way to play.
According to Vicarious Visions COO Simon Ebejer, who spoke with The Verge, the two-games-in-one package approach will allow players to transition between THPS 1 and 2 without having to "start over from scratch."
As the cherry on top, the "vast majority" of the classic soundtrack will return, meaning you'll be able to ride to throwback jams by Goldfinger, Naughty By Nature, Rage Against The Machine, and more.