We contacted Activision in regards to Tony Hawks Pro Skater 5. Initially it was to review the game, to see if the game really was as bad as other review sites have been saying. But review copies have stopped and you can kind of understand why. When probing deeper we asked as to whether Activision are looking to fix the problems with THPS5 and Activision penned us an official response. The response is as follows:
“We are aware of the issues that players have experienced following the launch of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 and are working with the developer to address these so that we can continue to improve the gameplay experience for all of the Tony Hawk fans who have known and loved this franchise for more than 16 years.”
“The core of the game is present on the disc and playable without downloading the patch. The patch does contain tweaks that are needed to fully integrate dedicated server support, which is needed if the player is connected to the Internet since the game is always online. The patch also gives the players additional content as well as improved stability and overall experience”
On the premise of the PR canned response, we are hopeful that the game will be patched to a level that the game can be enjoyed. And it’s also good news that they will be offering free content for those that bought the game. For the very miniscule amount of people that do not connect their console online, the game will play as broken as the reviewers have been saying.
Will Activision fix the reputation of Tony Hawk Skateboarding games? Or will the series follow the path of Sonic, a once love franchise, looked at with an ere of caution. Let us know in the comments section