The Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 remakes are finally on their way. These games are classic, and it’s great to see that they’re coming back. But there are flaws right out of the gate.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 will not include microtransactions at launch. The developers themselves confirmed that. But, Activision has a terrible habit of adding them later. That’s not even the worst part.
There is going to be a demo of the game. But, the only way to get access to it is to pre-order the game.
2020 is shaping up to be an excellent year for skateboard fans. We’ve got two indie titles coming out soon, and now a remake of the first entries into one of the most popular skating franchises in the world.
But the Tony Hawk series hasn’t had a decent game since 2007. That’s 13 years since the last time anyone cared about the franchise. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 needs to succeed. If the series is going to survive, people need to be able to trust it.
A great way to deny that trust is to lock the demo behind a paywall. Why is this necessary? It’s a demo of the first level in the game, arguably the most iconic one. It could be an excellent way to build interest.
What happened to video games? It feels like only yesterday when the thought of poorly priced DLC was enough to get people upset. Now companies are paywalling demos, and no one seems to care.
The fancy new graphics aren’t going to be worth it. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 might be a fantastic game. But, I’m not willing to bet my money on it just to play a demo. Besides, it’s probably getting microtransactions.
I know they’ve not confirmed it yet. But, the fact that they felt the need to say “won’t have microtransactions at launch specifically” throws up so many red flags. Vicarious Visions is a great developer.
But there’s just a good chance that the game will have trash monetization shoe-horned in because Activision is publishing it.