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Tony Hawk 5 Gets New Online Details & PlayStation Exclusives

by Matthew Kato on Jul 13, 2015 at 04:58 AM

We're all happy that the Tony Hawk franchise is back and sticking to the original gameplay philosophy that made it a legend, but one modern addition that we also applaud are the game's online features.

The game's freeskate levels accommodate up to 20 people and uses dedicated servers, and as the name implies, you can hang out at these hubs and just skate around with everyone else or drop in and out of sessions with your friends and all commers via the Sessions menu (below). This menu serves as an all-in-one way to manage your party, queue up multiple missions or modes, and more.

Unfortunately, the last-gen versions of the game do not include online play (and are priced $20 less, accordingly).

Also announced today are some exclusive goodies for PlayStation players: Sackboy, Sweet Tooth, and Ratchet heads will be available as a create-a-skater option for both Sony platforms.

For more on the return of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, check out our entire feature on the game from the June issue (#266).

[Source: Official PlayStation Blog]


Our Take
I can understand that last-gen gamers will be disappointed that there's no online, but on the bright side, this seems like a fair way to handle the console transition. Instead of putting out an online structure for last-gen that may have to be altered to accommodate those systems or possibly not run as well in its current state, letting people know that the old-gen versions aren't the same up front via the reduced price seems straightforward.