Tony Hawk has confirmed the development of Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 by sharing this Instagram video of fellow-skater Rob Wootton acting out the character-selection animations from Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2, which should no doubt tickle the nostalgia bone of longtime series fans:
The “leak” to which Hawk refers is a picture recently posted on Instagram (and subsequently taken down) by a caterer at an event held by publisher Activision. Lurking behind the catering work he was showing off is a half-pipe and a screen with a “Tony Hawk 5” logo projected behind what look like video game consoles.
A spokesperson from Activision has confirmed that Tony Hawk 5 is just a working title, but it does seem to indicate (in conjunction with Hawk’s nostalgic video post) at least a spiritual return to the series’ core, which started with the original Tony Hawk Pro Skater for PlayStation in 1999. The series has had numerous spin-offs since then, such as Underground and American Wasteland, but no core, numbered entries since Pro Skater 4 in 2002.
Details are still scarce, but Hawk’s public comment means that an official reveal is coming soon, likely at E3 in June. Last year he tweeted that he was “currently working with Activision on a console game for 2015 (along with a new mobile game),” so a release later this year seems likely. Activision also confirmed earlier this year that it is developing a mobile-exclusive Tony Hawk game. We will have to wait and see how closely related these two projects are.
If I were a betting man, I would say to expect a fall release on all major consoles. They will also probably drop the “5,” given recent trends in sequel/reboot numbering (or the lack thereof: cf. Tomb Raider, Guitar Hero Live, and Silent Hills).