thawkIn a recent interview with CNBC, skateboarding and video game icon Tony Hawk revealed that he would like to make a game for mobile devices. Speaking about the change in the gaming landscape since mobile devices like smartphones and tablets have become prominent, Hawk states "You just have to adapt and you have to realize where people are going to actually play their games." He continues, "It used to just be Nintendo and PlayStation, and now it's all kind of devices. So you've got to learn to adapt what you know from the technology into those areas...I've been wanting to do a mobile game for a long time."

Tony Hawk had been an icon in the skateboarding world since the '80s, but it wasn't until the first release of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater on PlayStation in 1999 that he became an icon in the video game world as well. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater expertly blended the acrobatic maneuvers of skateboarding with the combo and high-score chasing that appeals to gamers, creating an experience that appealed to lovers of both worlds. The Pro Skater series has been an incredible success, spanning sixteen different games, though it's faltered in recent years.

One of the best games in the series, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 [$1.99], was ported to iOS back in April of 2010. Despite some virtual button weirdness, the touchscreen port was surprisingly fun, but sadly it's been basically ignored by Activision ever since in regards to updates, new features, or even basic iOS compatibility.

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That "The Birdman" is interested in mobile games isn't a surprise. You may recall that we talked to Tony Hawk back at GDC last year and learned that it was actually his influence that finally brought Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 to iOS in official form. The port of THPS 2 originally started out as an unofficial fan project, but after Tony caught wind of the (now removed) video showing just how well the game ran on an iPhone, he used his Birdman powers to sway Activision into officially porting it. Tony also told us that his kids love gaming on smartphones and tablets, and that with his hectic traveling schedule, mobile devices were typically the only way he'd have time to play games himself.

While I'd love to see some more ports of old Tony Hawk games on iOS, or heck, even just an update to bring THPS 2 up to standard, I'd love to see an original mobile game even more. The touchscreen of iOS devices offers too many unique opportunities to do cool things with a skateboarding game, as evidenced by games like True Skate [$1.99] and Touchgrind [$4.99 / $7.99 (HD)]. Combine that with the expertise and brand power of the Tony Hawk series and we could have something really special. C'mon Birdman, make it happen.

[CNBC via Game Informer]

  • Dr.Pat

    YESYESYESYESYES

  • defunct32

    With physical controls I bet it'd be a hit.

  • BlueFalcN

    Still own tony hawk pro skater 4

    Hell of a game

    • garret44

      That's my favorite!! Had such a blast with that as a kid,with cheat codes and park creations

      • Lightning Storm

        Favorite cheat: Watch_Me_Xplode. Gave you everything including Jango Fett :)

    • fenderbendr

      I still have 2x, 3, and 4 for the xbox. Great games.

  • RMdude

    +1 for THPS2 update for basic iOS compatibility. Game launches to a white screen following update to iOS 7. Sigh.

  • fenderbendr

    I'd love a THPS3 port. It's my favorite of the series.

  • curtneedsaride

    Yeah, I just stinkin' want THPS2 to just get updated! I'd also really enjoy a port of THUG. Or, since they are ignoring THPS2, it would be awesome to see Tony get a good company to port or create a very similar game to THPS2. That'd be fun. Man, I want to play that game now. Right now.

  • lancheta

    If the old company Neversoft took on this project it would be an instabuy for me :)

  • Grummie

    Please no

  • rabidnz

    YOU HAVE ALREADY DONE FUCKING 40 OF THEM!

    • Ramaz1234

      Watch ur language plz

  • workingman

    THPS2 is my favorite and I wish for it to be updated, it was completely unplayable for me when it was released and it needs the original soundtrack

  • iPhallex

    As a seasoned 'boarder and Tony Hawk fan, I can say this would be great, but the formula needs to be completely rewritten. We don't need rehashes of the same crap over and over again. Make it more story-oriented, maybe more open world... Perhaps something like a mashup between GTA and TH:PS. Don't make it revolve around one gaming mechanic (skate from here to there and finish objective XYZ) - audiences want more to do in a game these days.

  • Tobias Holmes

    Show a lot of love to the THPS 2 port first!

  • C. Stubb

    Aw, what's wrong with "True Skate"? :)

    • fenderbendr

      You can't do 900's and misty flips.

  • Lazer Kat

    What could go wrong?

    • Lazer Kat

      Taken directly from the article: "Hawk said the best model for mobile-gaming appeared to be to offer the game for free, but start charging customers once they wanted to progress to the next levels of the game."

  • colmulhall77

    It's a pity THPS2 hasn't been updated. It won't run good on my iPhone 4..Really enjoyable though.