What Happened to Tony Hawk?

Concept art, Gaming

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 released on September 29th, 2015, but the newest entry in this series has not been receiving much fanfare. It has been eight years since a mainline Tony Hawk game been released, so one would think that fans of the beloved series would be ecstatic when this title was announced, but apparently this game was destined to be a flop from the start. But Why? What could have gone so wrong for this game? Evidently, a lot of things.

The announcement trailer, a device used almost explicitly for getting people excited for a game, failed to garner much enthusiasm at all, and the game was lampooned for its outdated-looking graphics. Upon release, people began to find many other reasons to complain about the game as well. There were countless glitches, the performance was poor, and the game as a whole felt outdated or rushed. The video below is a pretty entertaining review that does a good job showing off the problems with this game.

There are even rumors that the game was rushed out the door early because of licensing issues. It is troubling that games can be this bad on release, but at least activision seems to be listening to all of the bad press. The company released a statement claiming that they will work with the publisher and try to improve the game.

Do you think that their a sentiment is genuine? Or did Activision really rush a game out the door just to meet a deadline? It does seem at times like the industry does this fairly often, so one can’t really be sure. What do you think? Leave a comment below and let me know what you think happened to Tony Hawk.

Concept Art

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These two pieces of art were done by Peter Mohrbacher, an artist I discovered this week. You can check out more of his work at his website, here. There’s a lot of character design, and all of it is really cool!


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