Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 will bring the series back to its skateboard mixtape roots… along with power-ups and the occasional shooting segment. That's according to Game Informer's official reveal of Activision's much-teased return to the once-prolific skateboarding series, coming to PS4 and Xbox One later this year, and PS3 and Xbox 360 after that.
Everything after Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 is pretty much out the window, here, so don't expect another segmented open-world like in American Wasteland. THPS 5 will have multiple distinct levels filled with a familiar mix of missions and objectives, and if you want some company, you'll also be able to seamlessly transfer into online cooperation and competition.
THPS 5 will also apparently include some kind of skater creation and leveling system which will be persistent across single-player and multiplayer, and you'll be able to share and play your custom skateparks online.
Those all sound like pretty natural ways to modernize the Pro Skater formula, aside from the aforementioned power-ups and "ability to shoot projectiles for specific missions." As long as it doesn't veer toward the Jackass-inspired shenanigans of Tony Hawk's Underground 2, it should be alright.
There is some other cause for concern, though, depending on how willing you are to forgive and forget: Activision has confirmed that Robomodo, the studio behind the poorly received trio of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD, Ride, and Shred, is leading development.