After a nearly 20 year partnership, Tony Hawk is no longer working with video game publisher Activision on the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater series.
The 49-year-old professional skateboarder confirmed he had cut ties with Activision in a response to a fan question about the THPS games on Twitter Monday:
To anyone asking me to 'remaster" old games, or complaining about THPS servers being down: Activision owns the THPS license but I am no longer working with them. If I had the skills / authority to reboot servers or code games for newer systems on my own, I would be happy to…
— Tony Hawk (@tonyhawk) February 26, 2018
Hawk and Activision’s fruitful partnership began in the late ’90s with the groundbreaking original Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater and that success continued well into the 2000s through multiple sequels.
However, in recent years, the THPS series has fallen on hard times, with the most recent installment — 2015’s Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 — widely considered one of the worst skateboarding games ever made.
While we’ve likely reached the endpoint of the Pro Skater series, Hawk may not be done with skateboarding games altogether. A documentary focused on the making of the series, Pretending I’m a Superman, is currently in post-production and Hawk has hinted that he’s working on a new game without Activision’s involvement.
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