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

Monday, 30th 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.



  1. aseddon130

    THPS HD is decent enough, it goes to show me personally that i was terrible at the game. It did take a good while to get used to but i do enjoy loading it up every now and again and giving it a bash.

    I think SSX has made me soft when it comes to landing tricks.

    I do think some reviews were harsh but kinda fair, i can respect the fact that they had to stick to the old ways the game does things (no need for Downhill Jam at all) and it’s sorta lacking more content, but yeah … i was happy paying 1200 points for it. I don’t think i’ll be getting the addon packs though.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Dave Cook

    @1 Yeah it’s surprisingly tricky. Not sure how my younger self managed. Makes me feel live I’ve become crap at games in my age.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. DSB

    I didn’t know it was out yet. Is it on PC? Or getting there?

    I was pretty sure I was gonna suck at it right off the bat. It took me months to get even halfway decent at it the first time around.

    And a lot of those challenges took a lot of minutes of near perfect timing :P

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Dave Cook

    @3 It’s a timed-exclusive on XBLA at the moment. PC and PS3 release dates haven’t been confirmed yet :)

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Ekona

    It’s almost exactly what I was expecting, which is no bad thing. It plays just like I expected it to, and I loved those old games. It’s almost wonderful.


    No local MP is unforgivable. How they could even consider leaving it out is beyond me, and I’m hugely irritated at them for doing so.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Noodlemanny

    I tried american wasteland the other day on PS2 and I’ve completely lost the plot simply due to the fact I’ve gotten used to the control layout of Skate. Though about getting this but realised I would be terrible at it for the first few hours and just give up. So I just played some more Skate 2.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. HeavyD-Love

    How bout just telling us when the PS3 and PC release dates are you shady bastages.

    #7 2 years ago

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