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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 gameplay footage, post-graphics change

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Earlier this month, Activision quietly revealed that Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 had received a change in art style.

The game's visuals had been given a brighter, more cartoon-like look. The skating game now had a slightly cel-shaded shine.

Developer Robomodo has since spoken out on why the change occured, and described the shift as part of an "evolving process".

"Our priority from the start has been to make sure Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 feels good to play. That means hitting 60 fps at 1080p, even when you're shredding with 20 people in the same session online," Robomodo boss Josh Tsui explained.

"We really want to drive home that playful energy of sharing a skatepark with a crowd of friends, and the current look of the game gets us there while balancing all the action you can pull off together at the same time."

You can see how the game now looks in action via the new footage below. Also, you can marvel at the fact that Tony Hawk's son now looks the same age as Tony Hawk was when the series first started.

We've included an earlier gameplay trailer too, further down, for comparison.

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