A new game starring Tony Hawk, famous in gaming circles for the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater series, is coming to iOS.
Tony Hawk’s Shred Session takes after lane-based runners such as Subway Surfers, having players swiping to do tricks in skatepark levels across two different game modes. Six real-world skaterboarders, including both Tony Hawk and his son Riley, will be available. See more about the game in this hands-on video of Tony Hawk playing the game with Hodappy Bird protagonist Eli Hodapp.
Tony Hawk’s Shred Session is planned for this summer, with a soft launch in the coming weeks.
There’s not much else to go on, really. It’s going to involve skateboarding, and Pocket Gamer mentions that the mogul seems pretty “enthusiastic about the project,” but that’s pretty much it. Although it’s a little odd that he thinks there hasn’t been a Tony Hawk game on mobile yet, given that Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 has been available since 2010 (and hasn’t been updated in years). Maybe what he really means is that it’ll be the first game in the series that was developed specifically for mobile?
Regardless, a new game is coming and we’ll be keeping an eye out for more details.
After a decade, Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 has been successfully resurrected as a port for the iDevice. While not perfect, it’s a successful, faithful port of the hit console original that fans of the game, new and old, will enjoy playing over and again.
In May of last year a mysterious video popped up on YouTube showing Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 running amazingly well, it seemed, on the iPhone. That video was created to celebrate Tony Hawks birthday and to hopefully present a product idea to Tony and Activision.
Well it looks like the game might really be coming out. Tony Hawk revealed this picture on his Twitter stream over the weekend. That tweet has now been removed, but the image remains on the image hosting site. The original tweet from Tony was “In the PR world, this is considered “going rogue,” but I’m too excited to contain it. This is real & dropping soon.”
Activision have the rights to the Tony Hawk franchise so the game will be released through them. We connected with the developer of the version we saw last year to see if they were the developers of this new version. The bad news is that they are not creating it. It was apparently created by someone else for Activision or possibly internally by Activision. I’ve contacted Activision to see if they have a comment on this game, but have yet to hear back.
We heard back from Dan Chavez from LTI Gray Matter today. They are the company that ported the game to the iPhone and released the video yesterday, for Tony Hawks birthday.
The rest of the story is that it was done as a tech demo to show that there is a desire by users for the Tony Hawk franchise on the iPhone. Will we ever see it released, not too likely at this point.
Not that Tony Hawk is scheduled to announce the next version of his franchise on Friday. It’s possible that the iPhone may factor into that, but then again, they might just focus on the third gen consoles.
LTI Gray Matter have removed the video from YouTube, but it was copied by someone else and we’ve switched it out below for the mirror.
Earlier today, this video started making the rounds, raising quite a buzz.
The video shows what is reported to be Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 running on an iPod Touch. Make sure you watch it in HD for the best picture.
We can confirm that it’s 100% real.
That’s right — we had a chance to talk to an inside source and got the full story. This is a full port of Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2, soundtrack and all the levels included, running flawlessly on an iPod Touch. In the video, the white cord you see coming from the device is running sound directly into the camera.
The developer was tight lipped as to whether or not we’d actually see this port in the iTunes App Store. But what we do know is that if the buzz raised over this game video is any indication of the buzz that the full app would receive, the people clearly want it.
In a year when we’ll see some of the biggest game franchises coming to the iPhone and iPod Touch, we want to, no we NEED to see Tony Hawk on the iPhone as well.
By the way, happy birthday Tony Hawk!
Thanks to Touch Arcade for bringing this game to our attention.