Let us once again wade into the pool of objective coolness as we talk about the world of skateboards, grinding, shedding and…kickflips, I think they’re called? Everyone’s had their jimmies rustled at the prospect of returning to two of the most beloved (and formative) video games of all time as the remaster of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 & 2 is set to tickle tummies all across the world when it releases later this year. You won’t have to wait that long to experience the game first-hand though as a demo is dropping a full month before the game launches…kind of.
See, to get access to the demo you’ll need to preorder the game which is kind of cheeky. Considering the point of a demo is to test out whether or not you’d actually like to purchase and a play a game, it seems that Activision has taken the other way round and will be using a purchase for players to test out and then play the game. Which is…pretty underhanded. Look, I guess you could preorder, play the demo when it launches on 14 August and then cancel the order if you really hate the experience but that’s so much effort. Would have just been way easier to release a free demo as marketing, right?
Beyond the announcement of a demo dropping for overly-eager fans in August, Activision has announced that the game’s original roster will be bolstered by an additional 8 pro skaters all pulled from current headlines, unlike all those old farts like Tony Hawk. Newcomers include “Nyjah Huston, Leo Baker, Leticia Bufoni, Aori Nishimura, Lizzie Armanto, Shane O’Neill, Riley Hawk, and Tyshawn Jones” as reported by Engadget.
So not only will fans receive all the faithfully recreated components of the original games but some new elements too. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skate 1 & 2 is looking like an utterly fantastic game and even us folks that were a little too young to appreciate the game back in the day are excited to experience the remaster in all its nostalgic glory. The game is out on 4 September on PS4, Xbox One and PC.