Earlier on this week we gave you the very first gameplay snippet of the upcoming Tony Hawk Pro Skater HD remake, but now we want to talk a little bit about one of the most important aspects of the franchise – the soundtrack.
Ask any Tony Hawk Pro Skater fan what was their favorite thing about THPS1, THPS2 and THPS3 and most of them will tell you it was the awesome soundtrack that Activision included with the games, with the standout soundtrack easily being the one that featured in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 on the PlayStation 1.
With the remake now firmly on the way, Activision and Tony Hawk are remaining very silent indeed on what sort of music will be accompanied with the game and it is looking very unlikely that we’ll be seeing the exact same tracks that featured in the older games. A good reasoning behind this is the issue over licensing as it will undoubtedly be a huge headache for Activision to contact each and every artist that featured in the old games to renew another deal for their inclusion in the remake.
We would love for this to happen of course, but we just don’t see it as being very logical from Activision’s point of view. A more likely scenario is that Activision pick some of the more current day tracks to be included with the remake, tracks which will probably still be great additions if they keep up with their standard from previous games.
Moving on to another aspect of the game, as Tony Hawk has recently said in an interview with Joystiq that levels from Tony Hawk Pro Skater 3 & 4 may be included in the remake as paid-DLC. Given Activision’s recent reputation regarding DLC, we’re not sure we like the sound of that too much, but as long as the price is reasonable – we wouldn’t have a problem paying to see some of the classic levels from THPS 3 & 4 in their brand new lick of paint.
If the soundtrack is a key aspect of the game for you, tell us what sort of tracks you would like to see in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD. Should they go retro with the soundtrack or go with modern stuff? We would love for some new Del the Funky Homosapien tracks to be in there.