The plans for more remakes were scrapped after the Vicarious Visions merger.
2020’s Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 was a remake of the classic skateboarding games from the PlayStation/N64 era that many had long been asking for. The game featured a faithful adaptation of the classic maps, tricks, and characters (with a bucketful of monetization on top, but what else is new). It was very well received, and fans wondered when we might see remakes of the other Pro Skater games.
As it turns out, there were plans to remake Pro Skater 3 and 4 and release them in a similar package, but after the game’s developer, Vicarious Visions, was absorbed by Activision Blizzard in 2021, the plans were indefinitely shelved. This was confirmed by none other than Tony Hawk himself on a Twitch broadcast hosted by former senior designer at Vicarious Visions, Andy “andyTHPS” Gentile.
“I wish I could say that we had something in the works, but you know Vicarious Visions kinda got disbanded and Activision’s going through all their stuff so I don’t know what’s next,” Hawk said. “That was the plan, even up until the release date of [Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2], we were going 3 and 4. And then Vicarious got kind of absorbed and they were looking for other developers and then … it was over.”
Tony Hawk has confirmed plans for Pro Skater 3 + 4 remakes were abandoned after the developer merged with Blizzard. https://t.co/pxvERsMGDx
— IGN (@IGN) June 21, 2022
Apparently, Activision Blizzard did briefly consider getting someone else to handle the remakes, but nobody else could fill Vicarious Visions’ shoes.
“The truth is they were trying to find someone to do 3 and 4 but they just didn’t really trust anyone the way they did Vicarious,” Hawk said. “So they took other pitches from other studios […] They didn’t like anything they heard and that was it.”