A planned remake of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 and 4 has been canned out due to Activision Blizzard’s decision to absorb developer 1 + 2 Vicarious Visions.
That’s according to the pro-skater himself, who claimed during a live stream Monday that Activision had briefly taken pitches from other studios, but allegedly was not happy with any of them.
“That’s the plan, even up to the release date [1 and 2],” Hawk said. “We were doing 3 and 4, and then they managed to absorb the Vicarious, and then they were looking for other developers, and then it’s over.”
Pro Skater 1 + 2 trailer by Tony Hawk
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 trailer
He added: “The truth about [Activision] was trying to find someone to do 3 and 4 but they did not trust anyone for the way they made the Representative.
“So they took other pitches from other studios, like,‘ what would you do with the THPS title? ’And they didn’t like anything they heard, and then that was it.
“Who knows? Maybe when the dust settles, we’ll figure it out. You would not know. I never thought we were going to do 1 and 2 20 years later. ”
Activision Blizzard announced in January 2021 that it planned to merge Vicarious Visions into Blizzard as a support team, and the merger became official in April of this year.
At the time, Activision Blizzard said developer Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 and Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy would no longer be creating games as a lead studio.
From now on, Blizzard will employ a Vicarious Visions team of around 200 people and “fully committed to existing Blizzard games and initiatives,” said Activision Blizzard.
The veteran studio was founded over 30 years ago and has worked on numerous titles, including Skylanders, Guitar Hero, Destiny and Call of Duty.
Pro Skater 1 + 2 Tony Hawk 2020 – his latest game and last game as a major developer – received rave reviews from critics and debuted as the best-selling entry in the franchise, selling a million copies within its first two weeks .
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy did even better in 2017 with 10 million copies sold in the first two years.
VGC’s review of VGC’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 commented on the game: “Vicarious Visions has provided an excellent remake of two iconic games without letting modern gaming vices get in the way.”