Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 Will Have Online Modes On Current Gen Consoles Only
The return of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater looks to revitalize the skateboard game genre with new tricks, new looks, and a robust online mode...but that last one only applies to those who are in the current gen console club. Sorry, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Activision has confirmed to VideoGamer that the upcoming Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 will not have any online functionality on the last generation of consoles, saving the online play for owners of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. That current-gen online, however, is said to be "seamless" that allows for instant online challenges with friends, online skate sessions with objectives to complete, and sharing custom skate parks with the rest of the Tony Hawk faithful.
Activision did not elaborate on why the last-gen consoles won't get to play Tony Hawk online, but we have a feeling we might know the reason: the olden machines are simply incompatible with the "seamless" online integration that Activision is boasting for the game. If the tech can't handle the ambition, then it's a no-brainer to limit that ambition to the tech that can handle it.
Some may feel burnt by this decision, and if this were still 2014 I might agree with you, but we're in the second full year of the current generation's shelf life, which means developers are likely in year five or six of making games for them. We're not surprised publishers are abandoning last gen in droves, and you shouldn't be either. It's time to start saving and make the jump to the new generation if you haven't already, because the future is now whether you like it or not.
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 will launch on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC later this year,.