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Neversoft Head Confirms They're Not Doing Next Tony Hawk

Not surprising, but still a legit confirmation.

Joel Jewett
Joel Jewett
Neversoft head Joel Jewett is the subject of a "local boy makes very, very good" sort of article in the Great Falls Tribune this morning. The Montana-based paper covers Jewett's early years, when he made his own skateboards and skated around Great Falls, to his eventual rise as head of the developer of the world's hugest skateboarding franchise in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, to their current transition into being the head of all things Guitar Hero.

In the interview, Jewett confirms that Neversoft has moved on from the skateboarding genre that it made famous. Here's the relevant portion:

Neversoft plans to release more sequels to the "Guitar Hero" series — including the much-ballyhooed "Guitar Hero: Metallica" set for release during the first quarter of this year — but the company has let the Tony Hawk series go to another developer.

"It's probably best for the franchise ... it's time for someone else to add fresh ideas to it," Jewett said.

This isn't a huge surprise, but I'm pretty sure this is the first public admission that the company has moved on and left Tony Hawk to someone else. That someone else, if you remember the rumor we discussed on the podcast last summer, is likely to be Chicago-based Robomodo, a new developer headed by former EA Chicago and Studio Gigante heads. Officially, all Robomodo has said is that they exist, and that they're working on "a high-profile extreme sports title for Activision Blizzard."
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