Tony Hawk's pointed out that the "master plan" is and always has been to use Ride's board peripheral for multiple game experiences - not just skateboarding.
"I feel like the device is a flagship for other games. I think we can do another skate game, I think we can do other board-type games, surfing, snowboarding. That really was the master plan," he told Kotaku.
"I didn't think it was some gimmick that people were going to have to buy again next year."
Hawk lashed out at critics on Twitter following a wave of bad scores for Tony Hawk: Ride. He felt that reviewers had their minds made up before even playing the game. [Not true. Some of us took at least six minutes to realise it was rubbish - Dep Ed]
Shrugging those criticisms off, Hawk, speaking at the Spike Video Game Awards 2009, said the board was developed to encourage people to try skating in real-life.
"I think it could maybe be a bridge for people who were intimidated to try skating in the first place. They could get on this and realise maybe they do have a sense of balance they didn't know and that that will inspire them to try the real thing. I could only hope," he said.
Head over to Eurogamer's review of Tony Hawk: Ride for a full and detailed analysis.