Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD

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Tony Hawk is working on a new console game for 2015

UPDATE: Tony Hawk's Shred Session has been "postponed indefinitely".

UPDATE 07/11/2014 6.25pm: Activision has confirmed to Eurogamer that "new Tony Hawk console and mobile titles are coming in 2015" and that "Tony Hawk's Shred Session is postponed indefinitely."

Microsoft's Summer of Arcade 2012 posts uninspiring sales

Microsoft's Summer of Arcade 2012 posts uninspiring sales

Wreckateer is worst-selling title in promotion for years.

This year's Summer of Arcade promotion for Xbox Live Arcade has posted overall uninspiring sales, with Kinect Angry Birds-style game Wreckateer the worst-selling Summer of Arcade title in the promotion since at least 2009.

Wreckateer notched up just 6629 players during its first week on sale, Gamsutra reported, the worst total for a Summer of Arcade game since at least 2009.

(The promotion began in 2008, but there are no records to chart that year's sales.)

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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD soars to over 120,000 sales

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD has gotten off to a fine start, selling approximately 120,000 copies in its first week on XBLA.

Developer Robomodo's Josh Tsui said that day-over-day sales are "staying very consistent" in an interview with Gamasutra.

This is especially impressive given that the game's not out yet on PSN or PC. "It should be interesting to see the sales on PC -- we've been surprised how many people are asking for that," noted Tsui.

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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD Review

In 1999 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater benefitted from fortuitous timing, arriving at the height of the PlayStation's success just as skateboarding was undergoing its own resurgence around the world. In this way the game became part of a wider success story, helping to drive Sony's console yet further into the mainstream consciousness, while popularizing skateboarding amongst a new generation of players who were led to believe they, with practice, may be able to replicate the on-screen acrobatics at the local skate park.

13 years later and the context of this remake-lite is wholly different. Neversoft's Tony Hawk's series always focussed on attempting to capture skating's essence rather than its exact detail. The games stretched the boundaries of our world's physics to allow players to execute flips, spins and tricks impossible to recreate in real life, but that somehow felt as though they should be possible to recreate in real life, if only one were as skilled and dexterous as Tony Hawk. But midway through the first decade of the new millennium, the series grew tired, its creators struggling to find new features with which to freshen a formula they had all but perfected.

In 2007 EA Black Box's Skate debuted, its team of skater creators taking a more realistic approach to the sport. "We don't want to copy Tony Hawk," said Scott Blackwood, the game's executive producer. "We don't want to waste one or two years of our lives just recreating something that, for what it was, had pretty much been perfected already."

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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD DLC priced, detailed

Contains the airport map and revert maneuver.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD will see its first piece of DLC approximately 30 to 45 days after the game launches on 18th July for 1200 Microsoft Points, kicking off this year's Xbox Live Summer of Arcade.

Xbox Live Summer of Arcade release dates and prices

Xbox Live Summer of Arcade release dates and prices

Tony Hawk gets things started on 18th July.

This year's Xbox Live Summer of Arcade series gets underway on 18th July with Tony Hawk Pro Skater HD, Microsoft has announced.

There'll be one game a week for five weeks, with pretty side-scroller Dust: An Elysian Tail bringing things to a close on 15th August. In between, there's Angry Birds-esque Kinect thing Wreckateer, stylish apocalyptic platformer Deadlight and ambitious multiplayer FPS Hybrid.

Will any of this lot reach the same heights as last year's standouts Bastion and From Dust? Here's the full line-up with prices:

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Microsoft publishes, pulls Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD XBLA release date

Microsoft publishes, pulls Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD XBLA release date

UPDATE: Eurogamer source indicates THPSHD is part of Summer of Arcade.

UPDATE: A source has told Eurogamer that Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD is indeed part of Microsoft's Summer of Arcade promotion, as is Kinect physics-based score attack game Wreckateer.

ORIGINAL STORY: The publisher-driven leaks continue: this time it's Microsoft.

StickSkills noticed Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD pop up on the Xbox Marketplace, where it remains. What doesn't remain is the release date: 11th July, since pulled. The game had been pegged for launch some time this summer.

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