Although it’s fallen on hard times in recent years, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater was one of the most popular and critically-acclaimed video game series of the late ’90s and early 2000s. It not only popularized extreme sports as a video game genre, but also introduced many gamers to skateboarding and the culture surrounding it.
As it turns out, the Birdman himself recently revealed that a documentary about the series is in the works, with YouTuber Icebears4ever serving as director. There will also be input from former Neversoft Producer Ralph D’Amato, who worked on every game up to 2006’s Project 8.
A THPS documentary is in the works… follow @THPSfilm for updates on "Pretending I'm a Superman"
— Tony Hawk (@tonyhawk) January 29, 2017
In addition to the documentary announcement, Hawk also revealed in an interview with Jenkem Magazine that a new entry is in the very early stages of development right now, but that if and when the new game comes out, it won’t be released under its former publisher. “Not from Activision,” Hawk revealed. “I’m potentially working on something but it’s so early I couldn’t talk about it. I don’t have any contracts signed but it’s exciting. I feel like it’s with the right people so I should know more in the next couple months.”
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater has been published under Activision from the very beginning, so the revelation that they won’t be involved with the next game is quite surprising, as well as reassuring. The most recent game in the series, 2015’s Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5, is widely regarded as the franchise’s worst effort and while Hawk hasn’t voiced any displeasure publicly, you’d have to assume that he wasn’t very happy with the publisher’s efforts on their last collaboration. Hopefully Hawk and his new team can return the series to its former glory, assuming they can get it off the ground, of course.