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News of Vicarious Visions being absorbed into Blizzard Entertainment to assist growth on the likes of Diablo and Overwatch didn’t sit effectively with followers. Especially when this got here not lengthy after Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+ 2, the beloved remakes of the primary two Pro Skater video games.
Many followers had hoped that the success of the remakes would see different Pro Skater video games obtain the identical remedy. Now it seems that was the plan, just for Vicarious Visions’ absorption to lead to these plans being scrapped by Activision.
This comes from Tony Hawk himself, who revealed on a latest Twitch livestream (from the two:26:24 mark) that remakes for Pro Skater 3 and 4 had been within the works even earlier than Pro Skater 1 + 2 was out. However, the initiatives weren’t canceled instantly and Activision did take into account different builders to deal with it. We don’t know which studios Activision approached however, based on Hawk, Activision didn’t like every of the concepts it heard.
“That was the plan, even up until the release date of [Pro Skater 1 + 2],” defined Hawk. “We were doing 3 and 4, and then Vicarious got kind of absorbed, and then they were looking for other developers, and then it was over.
“The truth of it is they were trying to find somebody to do 3 and 4 but they just didn’t really trust anyone the way they did Vicarious. So they took other pitches from other studios, like, ‘what would you do with the THPS title?’ And they didn’t like anything they heard, and then that was it.”
Hawk does recommend that it’s nonetheless doable for these remakes to return to fruition down the road, since he by no means would’ve thought that the primary two video games would have been remade, however it would in the end be as much as Activision.
One has to ask, although, if Activision didn’t belief anyone else to deal with the remakes, why didn’t it give the initiatives again to Vicarious Visions? Regardless, this information will solely make the corporate much less widespread with Pro Skater followers than it already was. Although Activision is reasonably unpopular with lots of people because of the quite a few controversies and scandals it’s been caught up in.