After Tony Hawk landed the first 900 at X Games 5 in 1999, skateboarding officially hit the mainstream. With that fresh wave of popularity came a video game classic — Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater.
Now, 21 years later, the first two games in the series are being remade in a compilation dubbed, “Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2.” The game (developed by Vicarious Visions) features a bevy of classic stages in which players can kickflip and grind through, but one stands far above the rest (for obvious reasons) — Downtown Minneapolis.
That’s right. Minneapolis is making its triumphant return to the world of video game skateboarding. It’ll even be presented in ultra-sharp 4K and silky 60 FPS, putting to shame whatever K and FPS the actual streets of Minneapolis were created with.
While it’s undoubtedly fun to see Minneapolis return to the skating series (the first three games are arcade-y bangers), there’s one not-so-small caveat — this “Downtown Minneapolis” is fictional. The setting doesn’t actually draw from a real geographical location in the city. But look, Minnesota doesn’t get featured in video games that often, so we’ll take what we can get.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 is slated to release on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on September 4, 2020 for $39.99 (or $49.99 for a deluxe version featuring “unique content and gear”). The games will feature a reworked progression, create-a-skater and create-a-park modes, updated trick options, and local and online multiplayer.
And yes — “Superman” by Goldfinger is in there too.