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The (m*therf*cking) Death Set, a punk-rock act I used to play out at DJ sets, like, ten years and more ago, have posted on Facebook (archived here) that they've licensed five songs for use in "Tony Hawk 2020 game". Which you could well take as confirmation that there's a new entry in the Tony Hawk series of skating games coming this year, be that the Pro Skater line or a spin-off of some kind.
But, I know a little bit about The Death Set from my (long) time working in music, and I wouldn't put... let's say, taking the michael... beyond them at all. The Australia-formed, United States-based act's been ploughing a fine furrow of splattergun sonic skronk for 15 years now, and they've got a new album forthcoming, their first since 2011's Michel Poiccard, which came out via Ninja Tune sub-label Counter. Wanna get eyes back on you after a long time away on the long-player front? Can't hurt to say something like this, eh?
The post - "Just licensed five new songs to Tony Hawk 2020 game. You'll be hearing this sh*t soon" - went up 10 hours ago and has only attracted 19 comments at the time of writing - and you feel (don't you, it's not just me?) that something this big, in the gaming world, would have caused more of a stir? People, players, have been calling for a new Tony Hawk Pro Skater game, more in line with the early games, since the fifth main entry, released in 2015, proved to be such a massive disappointment. So the whisper of something 'official'... why is there not more smoke belching from this should-be fire?
The Death Set's post remains live at the time of writing, which means Activision - the Tony Hawk series' publishers - haven't demanded they take it down. The band hasn't posted the news to its Twitter account, or to Instagram, so I really don't know about this one. Could all be nonsense, just a throwaway post that's more indicative of the band's dreams for where its music could be used, rather than a statement of something to come.
Then again, we're pretty sure that there is a new Tony Hawk game coming, and soon... ish. Another pro-skater, Lizzie Armanto, announced in 2019 that she was set to feature in a new Tony Hawk game - alongside Tony himself, naturally. We've also heard that remakes of the first two games in the series are being worked on.
What do you think? The Death Set is the kind of band that certainly could have its music on a new THPS entry - they've seen their music appear (or, I guess, heard it appear?) on games in the past, like Sunset Overdrive and Onrush, two very extreme-style titles. And yes, I was saying "extreme" in my head like it's said in Wayne's World, for a close-up. Don't judge me. But also: five songs? Seems a bit excessive.
I reckon - and I'd like to say right now that this is just me reckoning, not confirming - that we'll get a Tony Hawk game revealed at/around E3 this year. A safe bet, given all of these rumours and, apparently, leaks? Worth a punt, ain't it.
I've shouted Ninja Tune to see if there's anything they can say on this, regards whether it's legit or not. I'll update these words, as and when.
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