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Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Tony Hawk game drops on XLA

By Jeff DiNunzio
ESPN.com

Thirteen years after the launch of the original game, and following months of anticipation, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD dropped on Wednesday. The updated version -- developed by entertainment software company Activision, which described the game as a combination of "the best elements of THPS 1 and 2, upgraded for today" -- was released in a download-only format and made available on Xbox Live Arcade for 1200 MS points, or $15.

Playstation and PC users, meanwhile, were left waiting. An announcement posted Monday on the game's Facebook page stated: "To all the PS3 and PC owners out there: we know you're dying to hear the release date for THPS HD. The only reason we haven't shared it yet is that we don't know it. The game is still in development and we should have a release date to announce within a week or two. Please bear with us."

"In a spirit of doing a best-of our first two games, we hand-picked each level based on popularity," Hawk said in a video explanation of the game. "So we start at the warehouse, which is the original first level on THPS 1, but now it's in beautiful HD ... so the difference is amazing."

Gamers familiar with the original series will find themselves revisiting old skate spots like the Warehouse and School II, and controlling skaters whose longevity spans three decades. Andrew Reynolds, Rodney Mullen, and Eric Koston return to join the Birdman, as well as a fresh cast rounded out by Chris Cole, Nyjah Huston, Lyn-Z Hawkins Pastrana, and Hawk's son Riley. Multi-player is an online option only, with campaign, free skate, Trick Attack, and the new Big Head Elimination modes also available.

An additional DLC pack is also on the way, offering revised versions of the Airport, Canada, and Los Angeles levels from Tony Hawk Pro Skater 3. No set date has been announced for the upcoming DLC, but it is expected to release within the next two months.