Tony Hawk is getting remastered... again.
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It has happened once before already and it will more than likely happen again in the future. However, in the here and now, it's happening for the second time. If you correctly guessed that the first two Tony Hawk games were getting remastered yet again, you are either a genius or you read the headline.

Back in 2012, we reviewed the first attempt at a remaster for the first few Tony Hawk titles. It was called Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD and included a selection of courses from the first two titles along with a bonus download of some Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 levels. We thought it was ok and looking back at that review, I feel like I scored it far too high. Alas, hindsight is 20/20 and what's done is done. It wasn't a great game. It lacked a lot of content and something about it always felt a little "off" compared to memories of the original releases. Sadly, it was kind of all we had if we wanted that old-school Tony Hawk gameplay. The less said about the abomination that was Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 the better the entire world will be.

Today, it was revealed that Activision and Vicarious Visions are readying another go at the classics. The studios announced that Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 and 2 will be coming on September 4, 2020 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via the Epic Games Store (that right there is an affiliate link).

If it wasn't at all obvious by the name of the title, yes singular, this is a bundle of the first two games into one remastered package deal. Perhaps the best news is that these classics are being built out of the original code from Neversoft. This should, in theory, provide players with identical gameplay from the original titles while looking like a modern day release. Keep those fingers crossed.

This release will feature all of the original levels, all of the original pro-skaters, tricks, and abilities. The remaster will also include songs from the original franchise. The wording from the press release seems to indicate that not all of the songs will return. It also doesn't seem to even suggest that the song selection will be from just the first two titles. I think this aspect can be forgiven though since music licensing is incredibly annoying for everyone.

The announcement also says that Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 and 2 will actually include "fan-favorite features from games across the entire original franchise." This means that there will be things like revert, lip tricks, wall plants, and both local and online multiplayer game modes. Alright, so it's not a completely faithful remake of the first two titles but these additions should be welcomed if implemented well. There will also be some new goals added to levels, as well as some added challenges for the better skaters out there.

Create-A-Park and Create-A-Skater features are also included. These creative modes will actually include a more robust editor when compared to the original offerings. Parks that you create can now be shared online with friends. There are new customization options for the skaters. Alternatively, you can select from some of the pro skating talent:
  • Tony Hawk
  • Bucky Lasek
  • Steve Caballero
  • Geoff Rowley
  • Andrew Reynolds
  • Elissa Steamer
  • Chad Muska
  • Eric Koston
  • Rodney Mullen
  • Rune Glifberg
  • Kareem Campbell
  • Jamie Thomas
  • Bob Burnquist
The team that worked on the Crash Bandicoot remakes, Vicarious Visisions, is working on this. So, there is a good chance this one ends up much better than 2012's Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD that was developed by Robomodo.

Check out the reveal trailer, screenshots, and comparison shots below.

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Get stoked, because the first two games in the critically acclaimed Tony Hawk™ Pro Skater™ franchise – Tony Hawk’s™ Pro Skater™ and Tony Hawk’s™ Pro Skater™ 2 – are returning fully remastered and in one awesome package. Developed by the masters of the remasters – Vicarious Visions – the games that defined a generation are back and will blend original levels, classic pro skaters, old-school tricks, iconic songs from the original franchise, and more that fans remember from the ‘90s and 2000’s with added features, HD graphics, new tricks, and iconic controls to provide players with a super awesome gameplay experience.

  • HD to the Max – Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2’s amazing HD graphics allow players to pull off reverts, wall plants, lip tricks and manuals with even longer combos in brilliantly vivid detail.
  • Faithful Remaster – Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 combines original levels, original pro skaters, tricks, and modes from the first two games in the franchise into one gnarly package.
  • Added Features – New tricks, secrets and more to uncover will take the original games to the next level! Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 also provides loads of gameplay options with online multiplayer modes. New features to the remaster also include even more goals than before, added challenges to amp up gameplay and more.
  • Sick Customization – Create-A-Park and Create-A-Skater modes are back! But new this time around is a robust editor enabling new ways of customization. Players will be able to share new parks online with friends, remix already published parks with their own personal flavor, and outfit skaters with tons of customization options.
  • Iconic Soundtrack – Get ready to kick, push and trick to one of the greatest videogame soundtracks ever as many iconic and fan-favorite songs from the soundtrack that defined a generation return with the new remaster.
  • Killer Lineup – They’re all back! Tony Hawk, Steve Caballero, Geoff Rowley, Bucky Lasek, Elissa Steamer, Kareem Campbell, Andrew Reynolds, Bob Burnquist, Chad Muska and the rest of the pro skaters from the original two games are back and brought to life in HD detail.