Update [12:09 p.m. E.T.]: The remaster of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 and 2 has been unveiled on this morning's Summer Game Fest livestream. The collection is being developed by Vicarious Visions, makers of the recent Crash Team Racing and Crash N. Sane Trilogy remasters. It's slated for launch on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC on September 4, 2020—the reveal trailer shows a logo for the Epic Games Store, suggesting it may be an exclusive there on PC.
Happy birthday, Tony Hawk (no, really, it's his birthday today). After a dismal entry put the series on ice in 2015, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater is coming back, and it's Hawk himself who broke the news.
Right now, details are scant—no platforms have been announced, and we don't know whether it's more of an outright remake or remaster of the originals. The announcement comes via a text message, sent to the thousands of people who signed up to receive updates from Hawk via the influencer messaging service Community. The text follows:
Hey I have a surprise and wanted to tell you first: we are bringing back Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 & 2! Original maps, original skaters and songs from the original soundtrack, plus new features! The game looks awesome and will be officially announced soon.
It's very likely that we'll see a reveal trailer for the remaster soon, as the Summer Game Fest is set to unveil a title on a livestream this morning. Minutes after the text from Hawk was sent, SGF organizer Geoff Keighley posted a tweet asking if anyone has "a favorite classic PlayStation 1 game[.]"
The reveal of this Pro Skater comeback is not quite as surprising as it could've been. In recent months, a few different sources have leaked its existence in vague terms. In March, the band The Death Set posted a message to Facebook saying it had just agreed to license some songs for a "Tony Hawk 2020 game." Recently, professional skater Jason Dill told The Nine Club podcast that he "made sure" one of his signature boards made it into the new Pro Skater. Late last year, skater Lizzie Armanto also mentioned being featured in a new Pro Skater on the same podcast.
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5, the most recent entry in the series, disappointed critics and fans alike with its lack of polish and handful of baffling changes to the series' classic style and presentation. The series has been out of the picture ever since, and with Electronic Arts' Skate franchise also having bowed out a decade ago, the intervening years have seen a drought of skateboarding games from large publishers, leaving room for upstarts like Session to try to capture fans of the genre.
Hopefully, we'll see more of the new Pro Skater between now and its release, likely at other events under the Summer Game Fest umbrella.