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We Are Probably Going to Be Getting Some Kind of New Tony Hawk Game, Says Tony Hawk

The master of shred (on a skateboard) teases some kind of new product reveal just in time for the Spike Video Game Awards.

Following the calamitous release of Tony Hawk: SHRED, the second peripheral-based skateboarding simulation...thing...in Activision's long-running Tony Hawk skateboarding franchise, skating enthusiasts everywhere began to wonder if we'd ever see another entry in the series. After all, typically when a game sells 3,000 copies in its opening week, said franchise tends not to get another chance to come back and try again. Then again, not all franchises are as seemingly inviolable as the Tony Hawk series.

Not like this...not like this...

And given that inviolability, it should come as minimal shock to anyone that apparently we will be getting some kind of Tony Hawk-related announcement come this Saturday around-ish the precise scheduled time of the Spike Video Game Awards. How do we know? Because Tony Hawk himself, perhaps in an attempt to remind us that he is still a real live person and still has a long-term contract with Activision that is binding and legal and whatnot, tweeted as such.

So readeth the tweet:

I'll be announcing the upcoming release of something new on Sat; the same day as the Spike Video Game Awards. Coincidence? I think not.

While that "something" is not expressly identified as a "video game," one can easily surmise that the forthcoming announcement is related to a new video game by the fact that Hawk managed to tie in the upcoming Spike Video Game Awards show to the announcement, thus creating an immediate association between his "something new" and also "video games." When you also add in his questioning of whether or not these two things are a coincidence, and the self-answering of "I think not," he is basically telling us "I am announcing a new video game" through the use of devious language manipulation. Clever girl...

We (meaning me) will be sure to bring you more on this announcement, as well as the many other exclusives Geoff Keighley has been storing inside his chipmunk cheeks for winter, as I live tweet the show this Saturday night alongside Joystiq's Ben Gilbert, Wired's Jason Schreier, and possibly a few other New York-based game journalists who, like me, will have been drinking for hours prior. It's sure to be an event of some fashion.

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Posted by Alex

Following the calamitous release of Tony Hawk: SHRED, the second peripheral-based skateboarding simulation...thing...in Activision's long-running Tony Hawk skateboarding franchise, skating enthusiasts everywhere began to wonder if we'd ever see another entry in the series. After all, typically when a game sells 3,000 copies in its opening week, said franchise tends not to get another chance to come back and try again. Then again, not all franchises are as seemingly inviolable as the Tony Hawk series.

Not like this...not like this...

And given that inviolability, it should come as minimal shock to anyone that apparently we will be getting some kind of Tony Hawk-related announcement come this Saturday around-ish the precise scheduled time of the Spike Video Game Awards. How do we know? Because Tony Hawk himself, perhaps in an attempt to remind us that he is still a real live person and still has a long-term contract with Activision that is binding and legal and whatnot, tweeted as such.

So readeth the tweet:

I'll be announcing the upcoming release of something new on Sat; the same day as the Spike Video Game Awards. Coincidence? I think not.

While that "something" is not expressly identified as a "video game," one can easily surmise that the forthcoming announcement is related to a new video game by the fact that Hawk managed to tie in the upcoming Spike Video Game Awards show to the announcement, thus creating an immediate association between his "something new" and also "video games." When you also add in his questioning of whether or not these two things are a coincidence, and the self-answering of "I think not," he is basically telling us "I am announcing a new video game" through the use of devious language manipulation. Clever girl...

We (meaning me) will be sure to bring you more on this announcement, as well as the many other exclusives Geoff Keighley has been storing inside his chipmunk cheeks for winter, as I live tweet the show this Saturday night alongside Joystiq's Ben Gilbert, Wired's Jason Schreier, and possibly a few other New York-based game journalists who, like me, will have been drinking for hours prior. It's sure to be an event of some fashion.

Posted by MarvinPontiac

Sad news.

Posted by BestUsernameEver

Wow, way to milk the franchise hard.

Posted by TheVideoHustler

Holy shit, look at how old he is.

And sad as he looks at the deck

Posted by El_Derrico

Tony who?

Posted by onan

"(Me) will be sure to bring you more on this announcement"

Alex wins at English. :)

Posted by RuthLoose

Please let it be a Tony Hawk Pro Skater HD collection including THPS 1, 2, 3 & 4.

Posted by SlightConfuse

I hope this is a 3rd person shooter of something crazy.

Posted by phish09

As much as I loath that this is where the industry is going, I think the only way I'm gonna buy another Tony Hawk game is if they offer up an HD re-make of THPS 2, 3 and 4.

Posted by gakon

@TheVideoHustler said:

Holy shit, look at how old he is.

And sad as he looks at the deck

The mouth pinch and the hand motions say to me: "Yep, this is where I am in life."

Posted by Gordo789

I don't see why people feel the need to rip on Tony Hawk all the time. Yeah the game franchise is in terrible, terrible place, but it's not that dude's fault.

Posted by WinterSnowblind

I'm a little bit excited for this.. It needs to be a new arcade game, with the same basic gameplay of the originals. 2 minute runs, collecing the S-K-A-T-E letters and completing other goals. They could even just re-use the same levels from the original four, just do up the graphics and I'm definitely going to buy it.

If it's another attempt at a realistic skating game or something using that stupid peripheral.. then it's going to fail as badly as the last few.

Posted by Krenor

@TheVideoHustler said:

Holy shit, look at how old he is.

And sad as he looks at the deck

Can you believe that he still skates better then most pros? the guy is a machine.

Posted by ajamafalous
@Gordo789 said:

I don't see why people feel the need to rip on Tony Hawk all the time. Yeah the game franchise is in terrible, terrible place, but it's not that dude's fault.

Totally agree. 
 
Also, dude's rich as shit, so I can't really imagine he gives much of a fuck anyway.
Posted by WinterSnowblind

@Gordo789 said:

I don't see why people feel the need to rip on Tony Hawk all the time. Yeah the game franchise is in terrible, terrible place, but it's not that dude's fault.

If it wasn't his idea to make the board peripheral, he was at least strongly backing it and continued to defend it even after the game was released and was universally slammed.. The fact he didn't see it as an absolutely terrible idea from the get go tells you all you need to know.

Posted by Nightriff

No need to beat a dead horse, haven't touched the series in 8 years if not longer. Stupid activision tries to ruin everything, Tony Hawk, GH, Spiderman, etc

Posted by RecSpec

Tony Hawk Pro Skater HD Collection or FUCK YOU

Posted by Miskari

i would love something akin to Underground

Posted by lockwoodx

Brony Hawk

Posted by wrathofconn

@WinterSnowblind said:

@Gordo789 said:

I don't see why people feel the need to rip on Tony Hawk all the time. Yeah the game franchise is in terrible, terrible place, but it's not that dude's fault.

If it wasn't his idea to make the board peripheral, he was at least strongly backing it and continued to defend it even after the game was released and was universally slammed.. The fact he didn't see it as an absolutely terrible idea from the get go tells you all you need to know.

Dude is pretty much contractually obligated to not say "yes, the fake skateboard was way shitty", so I wouldn't be so sure that he's had any creative input on the series in a long time. Plus, he's busy bailing on 900's in India and stuff like that except for the 1 week of his year that is video game related, so I don't think he cares.

Posted by Klaimore

So I don't have cable anymore can I still watch this online?

Posted by UsbCable

I think they know the last few games were shit so the fact that they're trying the exclusive trailer thingy makes me think they tried to make something good this time around. This doesn't mean it'll be good but I believe in you Mr. Hawk! :(

Posted by BestUsernameEver

@onan said:

"(Me) will be sure to bring you more on this announcement"

Alex wins at English. :)

lol yep. Me agree with you.

Posted by IntoTheN1ght

A HD collection and a new game similar to those of the PS1 and PS2 era is just what the doctor ordered to save this franchise.

I mean no.way.in.hell will they attempt another peripheral based game after the feces the last few games?

This is one of the few cases where Mr Kotick will do us good, he wont allow another experiment and will just tell to do what used to work before

Posted by SpydrMrphy

@Klaimore: From the ads I've seen on Gametrailers.com they are steaming the whole thing live from their site.

So yes, you can.

Posted by SerHulse

yaaaaay

wooooo

:(

Posted by JarenFace

I'm with everyone that hopes it's just an HD re-release of the first three/four/five. I'd love to replay those.

Posted by thechronodarkness

..He didn't exactly say it was a tony hawk game. Lord knows, he could come out and announce a trailer for mass effect 3 or some random new game. But! Given the venue that is the spike vgas, and the atmosphere, I'd guess it is some sort of action sports game.

Posted by WinterSnowblind

@wrathofconn: Crying on Twitter/Youtube because people were making fun of his game went way beyond contractual obligations. I won't pretend to know how the development process worked and I have no idea of the original idea was his, but he definitely contributed a lot to the project beyond just sticking his name on it.

Posted by Kyodra

@RuthLoose said:

Please let it be a Tony Hawk Pro Skater HD collection including THPS 1, 2, 3 & 4.

This. I dug up my PS2 copy of THPS3 earlier this year and it's still surprisingly great fun. I can't believe that it's already ten years old, time goes so fast.

Posted by Dagbiker

"hey, guys, I just want to let you know that im a sell out."

Posted by m2cks

Pleeeeeease let it be an HD upgrade of the first 3-4 games. Put them on xbla, Activision, and then I'll actually be compelled to buy something from you!

Posted by craigymail

@RecSpec said:

Tony Hawk Pro Skater HD Collection or FUCK YOU

YES

Posted by Solh0und

Can't wait for that Tony Hawk MMORPG!

The skate raids will be amazing! (Sarcasm)

Posted by MikkaQ

Why don't they just reboot the series with a more relevant skateboarder?

Oh right, skateboarding hasn't been relevant in a decade...

Posted by zakkro

Maybe they'll pull a Sonic Team and announce THPS 5.

Posted by fox01313

It's probably going to be something else that doesn't work, like the TH Ride controller with silly things connected to it like iphone docks, mp3 players, concrete blocks or wheels. Doubting that whatever it might be will be that amazing.

Posted by BeachThunder

No, stop! Please. ;__;

Posted by Inks

Man! Tony Hawk looks OLD..

Posted by Slayeric

I wanna be just like Alex Navarro when I grow up.

Online
Posted by Floppypants

Tony Hawk 2 & 3 HD Collection. $15, downloadable.

Posted by bananaz

@zakkro: Yes, please make it Pro Skater 5.

Posted by railbird13

Good news about the game (as long as what he said is true) .... he noted on his radio show on Sirius sometime last week when asked about the game that it wouldn't be using the board peripheral again. Here's hoping to the return of THPS 2 & 3 days

Posted by billyhoush

Tony Hawk: Pro Segway

Posted by 234r2we232

@Floppypants said:

Tony Hawk 2 & 3 HD Collection. $15, downloadable.

Without the original soundtracks? Not sold.

Posted by Ravenlight

Is he financing the development of said game himself or something? Or does Activation just have a ton of WoW money they need to burn because it's blocking the cocaineatorium?

Posted by JJOR64

GIVE US THE OLD GAMES DAMMIT

Posted by mortal_sb

@Floppypants said:

Tony Hawk 2 & 3 HD Collection. $15, downloadable.

i would buy that. I WOULD TOTALLY BUY THAT!!!

Posted by Little_Socrates

Activision, good way to earn back good-will from the market for Tony Hawk?

Release the first three or four Tony Hawk games as an HD collection with online play. People will go BANANAS for them.

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