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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 has 20-person multiplayer, but not on last-gen consoles

Samit Sarkar (he/him) is Polygon’s deputy managing editor. He has more than 15 years of experience covering video games, movies, television, and technology.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 developers Robomodo and Disruptive Games are working on some features that are new to the franchise, like a multiplayer component that lets you partake in skate sessions with up to 19 other people from around the world. But that mode will be available only in the current-generation versions of the game, Robomodo confirmed today.

Tony Hawk 5's multiplayer component offers drop-in/drop-out online play, where as many as 20 players can do missions, level up and unlock content together or challenge each other in competitive matches.

"It's like a skatepark that never closes," said Josh Tsui, president of Robomodo, in a PlayStation Blog post.

Tsui also touched on Tony Hawk 5's level editor, saying that players will be able to build their own levels in templates based on existing skate parks and share those creations with the world.

"Definitely make note of the fact that these online features are only in the PS4 version — the PS3 version has no online play," said Tsui.

A representative for Tony Hawk 5 publisher Activision confirmed to Polygon that the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions have a level editor, but won't offer online sharing of created levels. The rep also said that Robomodo and Disruptive Games are co-developing all four versions of Tony Hawk 5.

You can see Tsui and other Tony Hawk 5 developers discuss their vision in the behind-the-scenes video above, which also features Tony Hawk himself and other professional skaters. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 launches Sept. 29 on PS4 and Xbox One, and later this year on PS3 and Xbox 360. For more, check out our E3 preview.

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