Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 was a very successful remake package of the original two games, which left fans wondering if Activision would ever look to remake other games in the series, with 3 + 4 in particular being the ones that fans wanted.
Well it turns out that this is exactly what was planned before Vicarious Visions, the developer of 1 + 2 were absorbed into Blizzard by Activision.
Tony Hawk spoke directly about this on a Twitch stream where another skater was playing Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 and asked about 3 + 4. Hawk said: “That was the plan (3+4). Even up until the release date of this (1+2) we were going 3 + 4 and then Vicarious got absorbed and then Activision were looking for other developers and then it was over”.
Speaking about what happened next, Hawk said that “they (Activision) were trying to find someone else to do 3+4 but they didn’t trust anyone how they did Vicarious, so they took other pitches from other studios, in terms of what would you do with the Tony Hawk franchise, but they didn’t like anything they heard, so that was it. I wish there was some way to bring it back. Maybe when the dust settles”.