Mark Twain lamented that “there is no such thing as a new idea. It is impossible. We simply take a lot of old ideas and put them into a sort of mental kaleidoscope. We give them a turn and they make new and curious combinations. We keep on turning and making new combinations indefinitely; but they are the same old pieces of color glass that have been in use through all the ages.” There may be some truth to that bit of pessimism, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing. Take, for instance, the rumors about the remake of the two best games from the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater Series, Tony Hawks Pro Skater 1 and 2. Rumors have been spreading that Activision is looking to redevelop the games, and while that may be taking old things and trying to make them new, the games will still be good.
Explanation of what I shared in my server:
An Activision contact told me a week or so ago about how Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 and 2 had demos/prototypes remade. They went around internally. I didn't share before as I wasnt sure if they were being remade as full games, or just a test
— Sabi Wabii ? (@SabiWabii) November 24, 2019
The rumor started with a like on Twitter by user Sabi, who reported that Activision is remastering the prototypes of Pro Skater 1 and 2. Evidently these prototypes had been shared internally. Sabi did confess, however, that “I didn’t share before as I wasn’t sure if they were being remade as full games, or just a test.” Not long after Sabi’s revelation, professional skateboarder Lizzi Armanto said in an interview that Hawk was working on a new game, in which she will be making an appearance. Armanto is already slated to be in Hawk’s Pro Skater 5, but she let slip that she and Hawk are already working on another project. “ coming out with another one, and I’ll be in that too,” she said.
Activision has been exploring remakes of older content for a while now. Remastered versions of Crash Bandicoot and Spyro were huge successes, leading the company to consider additional entries in their library. The Tony Hawk Pro Skater Games enjoyed a lot of success after their initial debut on the original PlayStation in 1999. There’s even a story floating around that after the fourth game in the series was released, Hawk was given a $4 million check just for being associated with it. If this new version takes off, perhaps the skateboarding legend will be heading to the bank once again with a check that has multiple zeroes on it.