Plans for a remake of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 + 4 were reportedly scrapped by Activision following the original developer Vicarious Visions’ merger with Blizzard Entertainment. This is according to the pro skater himself, Tony Hawk, who confirmed the news and cancellation of the project in a recent livestream.
“That was the plan, even up until the release date of [1 and 2],” said Hawk when speaking about the planned remake of 3 + 4. “We were doing 3 and 4, and then Vicarious got kind of absorbed, and then they were looking for other developers, and then it was over.”
Vicarious Visions developed Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2, a bundle that remade the two classic Pro Skater games. It received critical acclaim upon release as fan demand grew higher for the next two entries, 3 and 4, to also get the same excellent treatment.
According to Hawk, this was the original plan before Vicarious Visions was absorbed by Blizzard Entertainment as a support studio. However, Hawk still remains optimistic that it might happen further down the line, even under another studio which Activision was apparently searching for, stating:
“The truth of it is [Activision] were trying to find somebody to do 3 and 4 but they just didn’t really trust anyone the way they did Vicarious. So they took other pitches from other studios, like, ‘what would you do with the THPS title?’ And they didn’t like anything they heard, and then that was it.
Who knows? Maybe when the dust settles, we’ll figure it out. You never know. I never would’ve thought we were going to do 1 and 2 20 years later.”
Vicarious Visions also developed the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy and served as a support studio on Diablo II: Resurrected. They have a history of developing in several franchises including Skylander, Guitar Hero and many licensed movie-to-game projects like Transformers and Kung Fu Panda. Unfortunately, the studio was absorbed into Blizzard earlier this year, so it’s unlikely that we’ll see new projects from the developer anymore.
Source: Tony Hawk Livestream