Even though Activision pulled the plug on two of their annual franchises — Tony Hawk and Guitar Hero — recent interviews have revealed that Activision hasn’t completely sworn the properties off.
First the more concrete news. Speaking to PixelatedGeek, Tony Hawk himself confirmed that a new title is in development for 2012.
“We’re right in the middle of making a whole new plan right now,” Hawk said. “We’re going to do something probably for next year but I can’t give too much away. But definitely we’re going to make new games, yes.”
The dedication to Guitar Hero is not as resolute, but merely a reminder that the property is not gone forever.
“We’re just putting Guitar Hero on hiatus, we’re not ending it. We’re releasing products out of the vault – we’ll continue to sustain the channel, the brand won’t go away,” Activision Head of Developer Relations Dan Winters said in an interview with GamesIndustry.biz. “We’re just not making a new one for next year, that’s all.”
Bottom line? Activision’s cooling the jets a little bit and going back to the drawing board. Odds are when we see Guitar Hero and Tony Hawk again, it won’t look like anything we’re used to. I’m still waiting for my Tony Hawk kart racing game, though you could argue the series got there with Downhill Jam.