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With Tony Hawk nowhere in sight, a new bird is ready to rise and grind

With the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater series on indefinite hiatus, a bird of a different feather — Skatebird — is ready to take on the mantle of video game skateboarding. Skatebird, from indie developer Glass Bottom Games, looks like it will reimagine the grinding, kickflipping and trick-fueled combos of the Tony Hawk series on a much smaller, much more adorable scale.

Skatebird’s comparisons to Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater aren’t subtle. The game’s Steam listing promises “tiny worlds full of little objectives and secret tapes (scotch tapes mostly)” and “smooth flowing, physical-feeling skating with simple buttons, not stick gestures.”

“You may be tiny, and alone, but the more you skate, the more following you get on Tweeter (the premier bird social network) — the more the cozy world of bird skating will open up,” Glass Bottom says. “You’ll make friends, birds will come check out your park, and maybe you’ll even host events! Above all else, skate birds just try really hard.”

Check out the announcement trailer for Skatebird for a look at its skate parks made of staplers, pencils, cardboard and sticky notes. Skatebird is “coming soon-ish” in 2019 to Linux, Mac and Windows PC. While you wait, there are plenty of real-life skateboarding bird videos to watch on YouTube.