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It would appear that the rumours of a new Tony Hawk's Pro Skater were not exaggerated. An October interview with professional skateboarder Lizzie Armanto has now resurfaced which all but confirms yesterday's exciting report.
Speaking on The Nine Club podcast last month, Armanto was discussing her appearance in the much-maligned Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5. Towards the end of the interview, she confirmed that "he's coming out with another one, and I'll be in that too" - "he" being Tony Hawk, obviously.
Interestingly, all versions of the podcast in question have since been edited to remove Armanto's "confirmation". Eurogamer reported that the comment was at around the 2:05:00 mark in this Soundcloud upload of the podcast, but had been removed from other versions of the same interview. Presumably because Armanto said something she shouldn't have when she effectively announced a new Tony Hawk game.
Now, as far as I can tell, the Soundcloud version has also been edited to erase the mention of a new game. Ironically, the mysterious disappearance of Armanto's comments on all versions of the podcast only serves to make the previous rumour look even more credible. Whoops.
This revelation follows yesterday's report from industry insider/prominent leaker Sabi. They claimed that Activision had put together some prototypes of remakes of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 & 2. Those prototypes, according to Sabi, have been shared around Activision's offices for some unknown reason.
I shared this info with just a few people, such as @GenosPapa. Interestingly, Liam Robertson just mentioned this info in his podcast, seemingly corroborating the info. Nobody seems to know if both games are being fully remade, or if it's just a test for something else.
- Sabi (@New_WabiSabi) November 24, 2019
Sabi's claims were then backed up by fellow journalist Liam Robertson, who alleges to have heard the same thing from different sources. Sabi did point out that they were unsure whether or not both games were being fully remade, or if it was a test for something else.
We were also uncertain if Tony Hawk himself would be officially involved with the project - but Armanto's comments seem to have cleared that up. That is unless she's just assuming Hawk is involved, because his name is still on the game. That wouldn't be impossible.
Whether or not the aforementioned prototypes are indicative of remakes, or if Activision is working with Hawk on a brand-new entry, remains to be seem. It is worth noting, however, that Activision itself said back in August that it was looking into remastering and remaking more of its old IPs.
I'd personally be more inclined to believe that we're getting a remake of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 rather than an entirely new sequel. Activision probably burned itself a little too badly with Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5.
Either way, Armanto's interview coupled with the recent rumour essentially guarantees the Pro Skater franchise is finally set to grind back into our hearts. That's a win for everyone.
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