Activision, the publisher responsible for the recent reboot of the Tony Hawks Pro Skater series with THPS 5, has officially delayed the title on Xbox 360 and PlayStation. Which is probably for the best given the disastrous launch on the newer consoles.According to a report from Eurogamer, the game has been pushed back from its November 13th release date until “sometime in 2016”. We’re guessing they’re going to want to keep it behind closed doors until they’re satisfied it’s ready for market. A statement from Activision reads:
“We are working closely with our developers to address the issues identified by our community. Our development resources are fully focused on fixes and content updates for PS4 and Xbox One, so we have decided to delay the release of THPS5 on PS3 and Xbox 360. We will update the community when we have more specific information about a release date for PS3 and Xbox 360.”
THPS5 originally launched on Xbox One on September 29th following a controversial story about the game’s development which raised concerns about the state the game would release in. The story goes that the game’s graphics underwent a full overhaul just 6 weeks prior to the previously announced release date, which is a radical decision given most video game releases are usually ready to go Gold during that stage of their development full story available here. Fan initially speculated that the game would therefore be delayed in order to give the development team more time to iron out all the creases, but as the weeks went by leading up to the launch, no such announcement was made. The game launched and instantly hit the headlines as a “broken product” with users complaining about a wide variety of issues that meant the game was, in essence, un-playable. Forums lit up, videos were made and the whole thing blew up in Activision’s face harder than a grenade.
With all of that in mind, it’s easy to see why the decision was made, though it’s likely Activision have already lost the trust of the fans in relation to reviving the series.