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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 + 4 Remasters canned by Activision after Vicarious Visions merger

After the success of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2, you'd think a follow-up would be inevitable. Alas, Activision wasn't interested.

Were you one of the 1 million people that enjoyed Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 Remaster when it launched back in 2020? Did you think that – after becoming the fastest-selling game in the series – it would make sense for Activision to work on the inevitable sequel?

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Well, you were wrong. As were we all, apparently. As per comments from the birdman, Tony Hawk, himself, plans for a follow-up game were scrapped when development studio Vicarious Visions was merged with Activision Blizzard.

Apparently, the publisher continued taking pitches from external developers once Vicarious Visions was folded into the mega-developer, but the company wasn't happy with any of the ideas that were being floated. Vicarious Visions would instead be put to work on Diablo 2: Resurrected, and the THPS Remake project would halt.

“I wish I could say that we had something in the works, but Vicarious Visions kind of got disbanded…” Hawk said in an interview with andyTHPS (thanks, Okami Games). "[Making 3+4 after 1+2], that was the plan. Even up until the release date of [1 + 2], we were going 3 + 4. And then Vicarious got absorbed and they were looking for other developers and then… it was over.”

So is a follow-up to the nostalgia-baiting remaster likely? Hawk remains dubious. “The truth of it is, they were trying to find someone to do 3 + 4, but they just didn’t really trust anyone the way they did Vicarious," he continued when a viewer asked a follow-up question. "So they took pitches from other studios, like ‘what would you do with a THPS title?’ and they didn’t like what they heard, and then that was it.”

It was only last May that we heard that Activision may be working on a new Tony Hawk's Pro Skater game, as CKY drummer Jess Margera hinted that the band would be involved in "the new [THPS game] coming out.”

Whether that project will ever release remains to be seen; it would make sense for Microsoft to resurrect the project once it formally takes over Activision Blizzard – the THPS games would be a pretty significant get for the company, and would provide some sorely needed exclusive fodder going forwards.

Whether or not we'll see Phil Spencer bust a kickflip on-stage at The Game Awards to announce that at some point in the future, though, remains uncertain.

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