Tony Hawk’s HD dev responds to “vicious” reviews, talks sequel potential

Monday, 30 July 2012 16:05 GMT By Dave Cook

Tony Hawk’s HD has shifted over 120,000 downloads since it launched July 18, and developer Robomodo feels confident that you want more. The studio has also responded to some of the game’s harshest critics.

Speaking with Gamasutra, Josh Tsui, CEO of Robomodo has confirmed that decent sales of Tony Hawk’s HD has already given the studio leeway to consider what comes next in the franchise.

“By making it ‘lower risk’ we were allowed to take some chances,” explained Tsui, “which benefits both developer and publisher. The prospect of a fuller game is definitely on the table — it’s just a matter of when and how.”

Responding to some harsher critics of Tony Hawk’s HD – of which Tsui called “Quite vicious” – the CEO continued, “The tricky thing about this game specifically is that it plays to childhood or teen memories and those memories can be very subjective obviously.”

Tsui said of the game’s old-school mechanics, “We kept the mechanics the same even though they were 13-years-old because that was our number one priority. Had we changed it up and modernized it, we would have gotten the same criticism from the other side.”

“We knew going in that there were going to be some comments about the gameplay, but it’s not Pro Skater 5, it’s what Pro Skater 1 & 2 were”, Tsui concluded.

Did you like Tony Hawk’s HD, or did you feel it got an undeserved pasting? Speak your brains below.