June 13, 2024

Following the release of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 in 2020, developer Vicarious Visions was announced as offering a second remake for the third and fourth parties. However, this proposal was turned down due to the developer’s involvement as a Call of Duty support studio. Before the team fully realised the project’s scope, Vicarious Visions had originally planned to include THPS 3 and 4 in the remake, according to video game historian Liam Robertson of Did You Know Gaming (via VGC).

“We settled on adding some handling features from the later games to reflect the way people remember the old Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater games,” one of Robertson’s VV sources claimed. “The improvements from THPS 3 seemed to bleed into people’s memories of the first two. Eventually, it became clear that we didn’t have time for more than 1 + 2, so the idea that we’d continue on and release 3 + 4 in some fashion was on the table.”

Activision apparently declined on the pitch for Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2, despite the game’s success, so that VV could help with Activision’s largest brand, Call of Duty. In April 2022, the studio was rebranded as Blizzard Albany after being subsequently integrated into Blizzard as a support staff. Toys for Bob, on the other hand, recently broke

up with Activision Blizzard and is purportedly in talks with Microsoft to finance their next game. Activision Blizzard is now owned by Microsoft, thus it’s possible that this proposal will be looked at again in the future now that the franchise and studio are officially under new ownership.

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