I never thought I’d get to compare Tony Hawk and Batman, but thanks to some rocky game releases, I get to live out my dream. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5‘s botched release is making the PC port of Batman: Arkham Knight look like a solid, reputable launch right about now.
Activision claims, though, that there are fixes on the horizon. Kind of.
I haven’t played it myself, but so far we’ve seen some glitches that put the game more in line with Goat Simulator than with anything in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater titles of previous years. We’ve seen lockups on the title screen that require creating a guest account just to get around. The game’s day one patch was bigger than the disc’s install size, and that install wasn’t even playable without the patch.
“We are aware of the issues that players have experienced following the launch of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 and are working with the developer to address these so that we can continue to improve the gameplay experience for all the Tony Hawk fans who have known and loved this franchise for more than 16 years,” says Activision’s official statement.
That’s not much hope to go off of.
Game developer Dan Teasdale noted on Twitter that Activision’s license for the series expires this year. Teasdale suggests that maybe Activision wanted to burn the franchise for the next owner. I’d speculate that rather than active malice, they just didn’t care. Developer Robomodo was likely asking for more time and was told to just finish it up so that Activision could stop spending money on it.
Either way, while some developers, like Electronic Arts and Ubisoft, appear to be learning from the mistakes of Batman and Assassin’s Creed over the last couple years, delaying games to keep from releasing junk, Activision pushed at least one of their games in the exact opposite direction.