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Activision Says Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 Disc Contains Core Game, Patch Needed For Server Support

by Kyle Hilliard on Sep 29, 2015 at 03:35 PM

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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 released today and with it came a large, 7.7GB patch, leading many to speculate that the disc version might not contain the full game. Activision says that's not the case.

We reached out to Activision to inquire about the large patch and find more about its contents. You can find a statement from Activision below:

The core of the game is present on the disc and playable without downloading the patch. The patch does contain tweaks that are needed to fully integrate dedicated server support, which is needed if the player is connected to the Internet since the game is always online. The patch also gives the players additional content as well as improved stability and overall experience.

In summary, the patch is present to improve stability and facilitate online play, but is playable without it.

We did not receive an advance copy of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5, and as a result, we are withholding our review until we have been able to spend more time with the game. In the meantime, you can check out our Test Chamber video where we played through the opening here.


Our Take
The reports of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5's performance have been troubling. Many players are reporting frequent crashes and bugs even after installing the patch. I'm curious to see Matt Kato's full review after he has spent more time with the game.