Activision has officially announced that they are indeed developing a new installment into the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater series with the release of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5, slated for later this year. Along with an official statement, Activision gave fans a first peek at some screenshots from the game, offering a look at some of the re-done classic Pro Skater levels.

While it may seem like a long time since the last time installment into the Pro Skater series, the franchise hasn’t remained completely silent. The last release, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD, was an updated version of the original game in the series, and was released in 2012. The revolutionary gaming franchise began in 1999 with Pro Skater, and three sequels to the game followed. Activision rebranded the franchise as Tony Hawk’s Underground in 2003 for two releases, before then releasing American Wasteland, Project 8, and Proving Ground in 2007.

This newest installment will be developed by Robomodo, and this game will be in some practiced hands. Robomodo has already released Tony Hawk Ride, Shred, and Pro Skater HD. Activision, still responsible for the game’s distribution, also announced that the game will be available for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.

As well as Tony Hawk himself, the game will feature Nyjah Huston, Aaron Homoki, Ishod Wair, Riley Hawk, Lizzie Armanto, Chris Cole, David Gonzalez, Leticia Bufoni, and Andrew Reynolds as playable characters.

"Skateboarding has always been about the freedom of ripping with your friends, and creating a game that captures that feeling has been a vision of mine since the Pro Skater series began over 15 years ago," said Tony Hawk. "I’m beyond excited to see that dream finally come true with Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5, which takes the old-school attitude of the original games online in a big way."

Going back to the original formula is probably a good move for the series, which lost a fair chunk of popularity with the last few released games. The biggest facet to the new installment is the push for more complete online play. Robomodo has stated they are working on drop in-out skate sessions as well as global interaction between players.

Be looking out for more information on this newest release as this year’s E3 Expo is comin

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