From 1991 to 2021, Vicarious Visions was the name of a studio that made a lot of pretty cool licensed games, but but also contributed to the beloved Tony Hawk Pro Skater series. Then Activision stepped in and made some changes.
In January 2021, there are only released a remake of Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 + 2, Activision announced that developers merged into Blizzardand will also renamedeffectively kills the studio as we know it.
At the time I said “This sucks!”but it’s even worse than now because of claims — from someone who may know — that the developers planned to repeat the remake treatment with Tony Hawk Pro Skater 3 + 4.
On a recent stream by Neversoft and veteran Vicarious andyTHPS Tony Hawk himself was there for an interview and casually ignored the fact that, up to this point THPS 1 + 2 release, the “plan” must go ahead and come up with a package THPS 3 + 4.
I mean that’s the plan, you know, even until the release date [THPS1+2] we went 3+4, and then Vicarious got hooked, and they were looking for other developers, and then it ended.
We don’t know how far that plan has gone. Probably THPS 3 + 4 nothing more than a bullet point on a whiteboard, something the team wanted to start next but never got the chance to (although we did reach out to Activision to see if they could provide more information) . So we also don’t know how hard Activision searched for “other developers” (none of them could clearly be as “reliable” as Vicarious could be, even when asked to. come up with ideas for a Tony Hawk project), or who those other studios are because it feels like Everyone at the company is working Call of Duty or Blizzard games. Whatever the truth, like I said above, this sucks!
You can watch the dialogue below at 2:26:25: