Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD likely won't include original soundtrack(s)

One of the biggest questions surrounding Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD wasn't which levels would be included, or which characters players could skate as, but whether or not the original soundtracks would be included. The games' mix of punk, metal, and rock has earned it a huge amount of acclaim over the years, and is likely one of the most memorable parts of the first few games (well, besides that school level). While there's still no official answer from the publisher, Activision's Dan Amrich has posted a blog  that can best be summarized as "don't get your hopes up."

Apparently the main hurdle is with the licensing. "Music licensing is a one-time deal. The songs from the original games were only licensed for those specific games on those specific platforms at that specific time," Amrich explains. "Any other versions created later would need new licensing deals."

But all is not lost! Don't go spraypainting angry letters to Activision just yet. Amrich explains that there's still a chance that the developers will include some of the older songs into the new game, but he notes that it's simply not a sure thing. If you're especially passionate about certain tracks, he suggests going over to the games' Facebook page and making sure the developers know about it. Even then, however, there's no guarantee. "From a legal/licensing standpoint, they are back to square one. Having the same levels of the original games is not the same thing as having the same soundtrack."

Now, if you'll excuse us, we need to go post "INCLUDE THAT SUPERMAN SONG BY GOLDFINDER" on the games' Facebook page 500 times. This needs to happen.


  • dani-reader - December 17, 2011 8:38 a.m.

    ladies and gentlemen, this is something they call, a deal breaker, breaker....
  • suicidali - December 14, 2011 11:24 a.m.

    Can't buy the rights, Activision? I understand, it's not like you guys are swimming in money or anything... Oh wait.
  • CitizenWolfie - December 14, 2011 5:08 a.m.

    Sod Goldfinger, I want Millencolin and Anthrax/PE's "Bring the Noise!" Considering how the 360 and PS3 are now "media hubs" I can't see why they couldn't (or wouldn't) include custom soundtracks. They could still have some tracks but it'd be nice to have the option (especially if you only end up liking a few songs out of say 30 from the OST). I don't want to bring up the generic comparison between companies but EA have been letting people use their own music for a while (at least since Burnout anyway). I'd like to see THPS3 included in the package as well, but THPS2 was always my favourite from the series. ROCK THE BELLS!
  • samsneeze - December 14, 2011 5:56 a.m.

    But like, Xbox can already do that with, like, any game. I know it's what I do when I get bored of a game's generic/boring soundtrack(Skyrim is a perfect example.) Every time I fire up the game, I have my Dragon Quest mix ready to go.
  • CitizenWolfie - December 14, 2011 6:15 a.m.

    I haven't had my Xbox for too long so I didn't know that. All my music is on my PS3.
  • samsneeze - December 14, 2011 7:03 a.m.

    Ah I see. All of my music is on my PC. I just pull it from there as I play the game. I didn't have to worry about transferring anything and have it take up space on my Xbox's HD. Playlists work too. So it should be pretty easy to recreate the game's OST if you're using an Xbox and know all the songs that go in it.
  • Jdub9064 - December 14, 2011 12:53 a.m.

    no problem here, I have all of these songs on my computer already. I'll just copy them to the HD on my xbox and custom soundtrack it.
  • JoeMasturbaby - December 13, 2011 11:32 p.m.

    Police Truck by dead kennedys should be on there. they probably need the money anyways.
  • Net_Bastard - December 13, 2011 8:50 p.m.

    Are people really surprised? If you swear yourself off the game then you obviously don't know how licenses work. I was one of the first people who saw that trailer, fully knowing that the original soundtrack wouldn't be in it. And I was still fucking excited, because the confirmed levels would look beautiful with the new graphics. If you want it that bad, then make a custom playlist with the original soundtrack of the first two games. That simple. Also to the person who was afraid that the soundtrack was going to be replaced with Katy Perry and Ke$ha: Are you fucking retarded? The Tony Hawk games always had amazing soundtracks. Even Ride, Shred, THDJ, and THPS2 iOS had great soundtracks. Why the fuck would they put those artists into a Tony Hawk game? I swear the gaming community makes me facepalm sometimes.
  • taokaka - December 13, 2011 9:12 p.m.

    I'm just saying it's the worst case scenario, I never said it was likely but the thought of it *Shudder* but you're right a tony hawk game has yet to let me down on the quality of a soundtrack so I am worrying far too much. I was concerned because I'm scared that the quality of the soundtrack will drop like I believe has occurred in racing games this gen, just my opinion. Thank you for slapping the common sense back in to me net bastard.
  • Net_Bastard - December 13, 2011 10:31 p.m.

    I don't know if you're sarcastic or not, but that's fine by me. It's just that it pisses me off when people act like the game is going to be the worst thing in the world because the music is different. You know what also made the series great? Gameplay. But apparently people forget that the series had it and just snort some hard nostalgia from one source: the soundtrack. As a person who grew up with the N64 version; I saw the gameplay as extremely awesome since all I got were 6 15-second loops of the songs in the PSX/DC version as the soundtrack.
  • angelusdlion - December 13, 2011 10:08 p.m.

    Yah, we get it. You're smart everyone else is dumb. Me? I'm hoping for custom sundtracks myself.
  • CrashmanX - December 13, 2011 7:50 p.m.

    ITT: We whine because the only good thing about a game was OBVIOUSLY it's soundtrack. While I agree the soundtrack was a LARGE part of what made it good, you guys are really just banking on nostalgia here.
  • sgt_phsco - December 13, 2011 7:42 p.m.

    Its probably a copyright licensing issue if they can't re-use the music from the original games. Shame, the first album I ever brought was Papa Roach's 'Infest' after hearing 'Blood Bothers' on THPS2. Having said that, I now feel old. Recaptcha: Governor Aryrish
  • TheIronMaiden - December 13, 2011 6:43 p.m.

    So Jerrys not a race car driver in this one huh???? Well damn...
  • RedHarlow - December 13, 2011 7:23 p.m.

    He drove so god damned fast.
  • Ensoul - December 13, 2011 5:20 p.m.

    Couldn't you just use the custom soundtrack feature?
  • taokaka - December 13, 2011 4:58 p.m.

    I swear, if Activision ruins the soundtrack for this game then I will seek my revengeance and it won't be pretty. I've just realized the worst thing that could happen, all the underground rock is replaced with the likes of Katy Perry, kesha and other terrible pop singers, oh god I'm going to have nightmares for weeks now.
  • NightCrawler_358 - December 13, 2011 4:46 p.m.

    First no THPS3, now no original soundtrack? What's the point!? I'm just going to go play 3 on my PS3, oh wait- no PS2 backwards compatability! AUGGGGGH! Come on Activision, you have enough money to liscense anything.
  • xhris - December 13, 2011 5:39 p.m.

    But it can play PS2 games.

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