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Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 trailer shows the game has returned to its glory days

MATTHEW DUNN

IF your early teens were spent in front of a gaming console playing Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, this news is going to excite you.

Activision has just released a trailer for the first next-gen instalment of the popular gaming franchise and it looks awesome.

Since the first game was launched in 1999 – yes that long ago – the franchise has had its up and downs and until recently, fans thought it was all but dead.

Despite the obvious next-gen featured skaters and online capabilities, the new game promises to return to classic format that made its early predecessors so successful.

Speaking with Red Bull, Tony Hawk said it was feedback from the fans that drove the game developers to recreate the franchises glory days.

“Obviously, the consoles have come a long way since our last game came out,” he said.

“I felt we could take advantage of that, yet still deliver the classic THPS gameplay that fans are used to and come to expect from the series.”

As part of the attempt to give the game the same look and feel of the early Tony Hawk games, the creators have included the original ‘warehouse’ and ‘school’ levels from THPS and THPS2.

In addition to the fan-favourite levels, the latest instalment will move away from realism and offer classic THPS gameplay.

“What we’re dealing with here is taking reality and exaggerating it for a fun, fast arcade experience,” he said.

“Pro Skater has always been about being fast and furious, pulling off insane combos that skaters can only dream of.

“The ‘realism’ is that real pros will probably be doing what’s in this game 15 years from now, in much the same way the original games influenced today’s current pros.”