Though the days of dousing Tony Hawk's Pro Skater in a pool of cheat codes on Nintendo 64 are firmly behind us, the dream of the Hawk is still very much alive. The new trailer (see above) for Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 provides a closer look at the forthcoming sequel's reportedly unique approach to online multiplayer gameplay.
With over $1 billion in sales since the aforementioned 1999 original, the universe surrounding Tony Hawk-related video games has remained a vibrant source of contentious debate — much of it centered on the Skate v. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater battle of visual wits. Both franchises offer a visceral romp through similar territory, though devotees on either side of the debate frequently propose the strengths and pitfalls of each.
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 — the first game in the main Hawk series since Proving Ground in 2007 — will be available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 29. Other platforms are expected to join shortly before the holidays.