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Platform XBLA, PSN, Win Publisher Activision Developer Robomodo Release Date 2012-07-18

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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD review: asphalt cocktail

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD has improved graphics and new characters. It also has unreliable controls, surreal physics, and an inadequate online multiplayer mode, all of which serve to create a game that is less than the sum of its parts. Robomodo is responsible for Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD. Robomodo is best known for Tony Hawk: Ride and Tony Hawk: Shred, attempts to merge the aging skateboarding franchise with the motion-game market. Shipping with a silly-looking, skateboard-shaped slab of plastic, these games missed the Tony Hawk franchise's fundamental appeal: the captured thrill of skateboarding without the difficult and scary task of standing on an actual skateboard. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD is a significant step up from Ride and Shred, mostly because when I...

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Activision confirms new Tony Hawk game in development

A new Tony Hawk game is currently in development, publisher Activision confirmed today. In a statement issued to Polygon, a representative of the publisher said: "Activision can confirm that they have something in the works with Tony Hawk, more info is coming soon." According to IGN, the pro skater himself also said on his Demolition Radio show, "We're working on a game ... it's pretty cool." The Tony Hawk brand of video games first launched in 1999 with Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, a skateboarding simulation game where the goal is to perform and combine aerials, flips and grinds to score points. The series has many installments, the most recent of which was 2012 title Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD, which was developed by Robomodo. We have reached out to Tony Hawk's representatives and...

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Tony Hawk considering mobile platforms for future games

Tony Hawk, former pro-skateboarder behind the self-titled skateboarding video game franchise, is considering launching future Tony Hawk games to mobile platforms, according to an interview with CNBC. "You just have to adapt and you have to realize where people are going to actually play their games," told Hawk CNBC at the Dublin Web Summit. "It used to just be Nintendo and PlayStation, and now it's all kind of devices. So you've got to learn to adapt what you know from the technology into those areas...I've been wanting to do a mobile game for a long time." Hawk believes, CNBC reports, that the best mobile gaming model is to initially offer the game for free, allowing users to play the first few levels, and charge for latter levels of the game. Beginning with 1999's Tony Hawk's Pro...

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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD updated to include revert tricks for free

Developer Robomodo released a title update for Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD today, adding the combo-extending revert trick to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 game. That addition was previously announced to be part of the game's upcoming downloadable content, but has instead been released as part of a free update. The revert was introduced in 2001's Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3, letting players build upon vert combos. Since Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD is based upon tricks and levels from the first two games, the move was not included in the remake's original design. Robomodo confirmed in a post on Facebook today that with the addition of reverts to THPS HD, "the high scores are already going from crazytown insane to full-on loonball bananas." The HD Revert Pack will be released for Tony Hawk's...

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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD gets revert in $5 Tony Hawk 3 DLC on Dec. 4

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD developer Robomodo will release a Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 add-on for the game, including new levels and skaters and the revert move, for $5 on Dec. 4, the studio announced today. The content has been delayed a few times. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD launched this summer for $15. The Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 HD Revert Pack comes with skating legends Steve Caballero and Geoff Rowley, as well as Metallica musicians James Hetfield and Robert Trujillo; the Airport, Canada and Los Angeles levels from Tony Hawk 3; and the game's revert move, which allows players to keep a combo going as they land an air trick and transition into ground moves. Robomodo said previously that the revert will only be usable within levels from Tony Hawk 3 — not on the existing Tony Hawk's...

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Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD Revert DLC delayed

The upcoming Revert Pack DLC for Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD has been delayed, according to a post on the game's official Facebook page. "We received word that the DLC has been delayed until the first week of December," reads the post. "It will definitely be coming to all three plaforms then." No reason was given for the delay, although it's not the first. Most recently, the game was delayed in mid-October with a promise for an early November release. The Revert Pack will add a skateboarding trick of the same name and three new levels from Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD released earlier in July, August and September for Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network and Steam, respectively. The game features original levels from both Tony Hawk's Pro Skater and Tony Hawk's...

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How 'Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD' went from planned retail disc to download

Downloadable title Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD started life as a retail, boxed title, according to Robomodo president Josh Tsui. "If we had gone retail, we would've had to add another three major features to make the game feel more full," Tsui said during a talk at the Chicago chapter of the International Game Developers Association. "The return on investment wasn't going to be there, and we would've killed ourselves trying to put that out there." So publisher Activision and developer Robomodo came to the realization that satisfying customers with a disc-based release was beyond the scope and budget of the project. Doing a downloadable game instead, Tsui explains, allowed the developer to manage the scope of the project and not have to generate extraneous bullet-point features for the...

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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD hits PSN August 28th

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD will launch on the PlayStation Network on August 28th, developer Robomodo announced today. The PC version of the game, which was announced as a summer release, still has no release date, although Activision promised it will be out "soon after" the PSN version. Pro Skater HD, a downloadable remake of the first two Tony Hawk's Pro Skater titles, came out on Xbox Live Arcade nearly a month ago, on July 18th, as the first game in Microsoft's annual Summer of Arcade promotion. According to Robomodo, over 120,000 copies of the XBLA version were sold during its first week of release. We're hoping the PlayStation 3 controller's D-pad will make the PSN version of the game more enjoyable than the XBLA version. According to our reviewer, Chris Plante, it was a mediocre...

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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD first-week XBLA sales: 120K copies

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD, the downloadable reimagining of the first two Tony Hawk's Pro Skater titles, sold approximately 120,000 copies in its first week of release on Xbox Live Arcade, according to developer Robomodo. The skateboarding title launched last week on XBLA, kicking off the service's annual Summer of Arcade promotion. As a Summer of Arcade game, Pro Skater HD is exclusive to Microsoft's platform for a limited time; it will see release on PC and the PlayStation Network in the near future. Speaking to Gamasutra, Robomodo president Josh Tsui said that the game has maintained "very consistent" daily sales numbers, and expressed surprise at the demand for a PC version. "It should be interesting to see the sales on PC," he said. Our own Chris Plante didn't enjoy Tony Hawk's...

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Xbox Summer of Arcade offers free exclusives for Minecraft, Trials Evolution

Minecraft and Trials Evolution will be getting free exclusive content via Xbox LIVE Arcade to celebrate five years of the Summer of Arcade program, Xbox's Larry Hryb announced today. Alongside the release of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD on July 19, XBLA members who visit the Summer of Arcade dashboard page will gain access to a customized Minecraft pack containing skins from all five Summer of Arcade titles. Throughout the summer and alongside each title's release, players can also download special tracks inspired by each game for Trials Evolution. This year's Summer of Arcade offers members 400 Microsoft Points back with purchase of all five new releases.

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'Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD' coming to PC this summer

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD is coming to PC later this summer, according to the game's official Twitter account. The XBLA version of the eleventh installment in the Tony Hawk franchise, which features a high-def makeover of levels from Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 and 2, will be released on July 18th as part of the Xbox Live Summer of Arcade promotion. A version available on the PlayStation Store will follow "a few weeks later," according to the game's Facebook page. Check out the PC version's screenshot above, and don't miss Polygon's interview with the with the flesh-and-blood Tony Hawk about the series' highs and lows as well as his hopes for reviving the once-stagnant franchise.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD Releases
North America
  • Xbox Live Arcade
    • Released 07/18/2012
    • Publisher Activision
    • Developer Robomodo
  • PlayStation Network
    • Released 08/28/2012
    • Publisher Activision
    • Developer Robomodo
  • Windows
    • Released 09/18/2012
    • Publisher Activision
    • Developer Robomodo
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