When we first heard that Activision were planning to remake the amazing Tony Hawk Pro Skater games, we presumed that one of the main reasons for this was to give something back to those retro fans who played all of the originals. It appears that we were wrong.
It turns out that just like a certain other Activision FPS, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD is the latest victim of Activision’s timed-exclusive schemes and it results in the game releasing a few weeks early on Xbox 360, with PS3 users being left in the dark.
While we’re certainly not surprised to an extent given today’s fierce industry, it is a major disappointment that Activision can’t put their contracts aside and just give the game to everyone at the same time. After all, if the game really is about ‘giving back to the fans’, Activision will be well aware that the franchise became famous on PlayStation, starting with Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 back on the PS1 in 1999.
THPS1 was an amazing game, but was arguably bettered by Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2, which arrived the following year in 2000. Once again, the game arrived on PlayStation first before arriving on other platforms and the THPS2 made its name and fame on the PS1, sending developers Neversoft and publishers Activision into dizzy heights with amazing success.
But, Activision appears to have forgotten that unfortunately. We’re not sure how much input new developers Robomodo had in this, but the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD remake is coming to Xbox 360 first on July 18. We’re well aware that this may come across as a bit harsh towards Activision, but after being loyal servants of the original three games on the PlayStation, we felt that this really needed to be said.
What are Activision’s motives for wanting the game to come out on Xbox 360 first? Do they have a personal vendetta against Sony these days that we don’t know about? We don’t like these timed-exclusive releases as much as you, but when a classic game is supposedly being remade for ‘the fans’, this is probably the worst scenario that Activision could have conjured up.
There will also be a lack of split screen mode in the game for those that are interested. What a shame.