Earlier this year, I sat down with Tony Hawk himself to hear about his new mobile game, Tony Hawk's Shred Session at his HQ in San Marcos, CA. At the time, the game was near release, and it was a big deal to get it in the hands of mobile games media to start the high profile game launch process. I was even able to get some video of Tony walking me through the game:

It soft launched about a month later, and like most soft launches, a thread got posted on our forums and TouchArcade community members started playing it. Also, like most soft launches, at this time Tony Hawk's Shred Session was a remarkably complete feeling game. Its monetization was a little wonky, but, tuning that is the entire point of a soft launch. Activision went oddly dark on the game, it was released in a few more territories, then was pulled from the App Store entirely last month.

So, I figured, what the hell. Why not just tweet at Tony Hawk and ask what's going on? He's historically been very candid about his games, as the pseudo-announcement of Shred Session came from an off the cuff comment on a Larry King interview. So, bombs away:

Oddly enough, Tony responded pretty quickly:

I've pinged some people with Activision for further details now that the cat is out of the bag, and here's the deal- Tony Hawk's Shred Session is postponed indefinitely. There's no plans to release it soon, but it's entirely possible that it could be released sometime. As far as when that "sometime" is, no one is saying. The (potentially) better news is that next year we'll be seeing a brand new console and mobile game.

Of course, no details on what these games will be all about, but we can do some tea leaf reading on what's happened so far. In 2010, Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 hit the App Store. We loved it in our review, and gamers loved it. It sold incredibly well, and seemed like it stayed on the top charts until iOS updates broke the game. Four years later they tried to release a behind the back Temple Run-ish free to play game, and based on whatever metrics Activision uses they decided it must not have been performing well enough to release.


It doesn't take a lot of game development theorycrafting to assume that perhaps the lesson learned from this is to make Tony Hawk games... Actual Tony Hawk games. So, if the result of all this is a THPS-like game on iOS that closer resembles Pro Skater 2 than Temple Run I think this whole fiasco will have been very much worth it, even if it involves five years of waiting after the release of THPS2 on the App Store.

Also, a new Tony Hawk console game? Sign me the hell up. I know the series has had its detractors, particularly as the games have gotten wackier in the Underground series and with the release of crazy accessories... But I've loved every single one of them, and will totally buy anything with "Tony Hawk" on the box next year, for console and iOS.

  • Anotherkellydown

    Cool article, Eli.

    "Also, a new Tony Hawk console game? Sign me the hell up." - right there with ya

  • MeesterFish11

    Awesome. Shred Session seemed a little disappointing.

  • Lemmonz

    Touch Arcade got news for a console game? What!?!

  • Mess

    Love how Eli can just casually tweet Tony Hawk, and get a pretty awesome reply 😀

    • jfc1976

      TH just chilling out in Ireland, drinking a beer, and tweeting at the Hodapp.

  • curtisrshideler

    Great news! I hated the idea of Temple Run Tony Hawk. I loved THPS2 on iOS and really hope we don't end up getting a watered down f2p version of the new console game. Give us another legit game, Activision! Or just fix THPS2. And make EA fix NBA Jam, while you're at it.

    • DBrown519

      Yes I agree with you man. We need an updated THPS2 and NBA Jams.

      • colmulhall77

        I really wish that they would fix THPS 2.

  • TouchMint

    Cool to see you are a fan of thps too (must have missed it before). I grew up on these games and would have to say spent a good chunk of my life playing them. I never really got into the later ones because Imo they were best when they were arcade games and not trying to be something else. I feel like they pulled a mortal kombat (also one of my fav game series) they gotta know who they are and get back to that.

  • marcanthony0313

    Time to go tweet tony hawk

  • DBrown519

    I hope for a revamped version of THPS2 or a newer version that is 100% premium.

  • speck9900

    Skate is a better game then tony hawks games any day of the week.

  • Emotive

    I wanted that game though 🙁

  • http://iRiPhotography.wordpress.com/ iRoswell

    When it comes to mobile, Activision falls way short! They have such an awesome library of games that could be great on iOS, but I don't trust them. The games they've released so far have been great, until the pull them or let them die by not updating them!

    Pro Skater 2 is a perfect example! I was so stoked to have that game on iOS, until I got my iPhone 5. The game died because they never updated it to even fit the screen.

    Sad really, cause I'd love to see games like. C.T.R., Crash Bandicoot, Ratchet And Clank, etc...

    Here's to hoping they learn to take advantage of a good opportunity like SEGA has...

  • Gippiboss

    Any news regarding a new Tony Hawk for iOS?