Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 turned out to be a hit, which is very popular for a reason – Vicarious Vision did a very good job of doing the homework, refreshed the excellent games and gave them a second life. Developers could again offer similar quality in subsequent refreshments, but Blizzard took over the studio.
Tony Hawk has confirmed the rumors about the development of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 + 4. Vicarious Vision, the authors of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2, who were loaned to Blizzard by Activision, was responsible for the full refreshment of the next two views. The studio developed Diablo 2 Resurrected and was eventually completely absorbed by a larger company .
“That was the plan, even up until the release date of [1 and 2], We were doing 3 and 4, and then Vicarious got kind of absorbed, and then they were looking for other developers, and then it was over.” Tony Hawk admitted on the stream.
Skater revealed that Activision wanted to pass the branding and work on the freshen up to another team, but none of the proposals had a quality that would satisfy a publisher.
“The truth of it is [Activision] were trying to find somebody to do 3 and 4 but they just didn’t really trust anyone the way they did Vicarious. So they took other pitches from other studios, like, ‘what would you do with the THPS title?’ And they didn’t like anything they heard, and then that was it. Who knows? Maybe when the dust settles, we’ll figure it out. You never know. I never would’ve thought we were going to do 1 and 2 20 years later.” added Hawk.
Vicarious Vision is developing Diablo 2 Resurrected, but we can safely assume that the team is on the next Blizzard title. Unfortunately, it is difficult to judge what the future of the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater series update will look like in the light of the above reports.
Vicarious Vision has dealt with various ports and the Skylanders series for years, in 2017 he was responsible for Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, and two years ago he developed Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2. Developers brought back to life two excellent IPs.