Back when the game was first revealed to the public, fans were divided in opinions when it came to the visuals, with some fans stating that it looked more like a PS2 game than it did new-generation. The game was also playable during E3 2015, where some did confirmed that the game felt a little dated thanks to its visuals, this included members of the public as well as critics and other members of the video game industry. But that was kind of the point… Wasn’t it? During the time the game was playable, members of the video game media stated that the game felt and looked like an old school Tony Hawks Pro Skater game. It had the same collectibles, the same maps, the playable characters were all the same and the whole thing controlled just how we know and love the series.
This week at Gamescom, the game has once again been made readily available to members of the public, however something is different. Developer Robomodo has changed the visuals adding cel-shading outlines to characters, environments and objects giving them an overall cartoony look, so show what we mean check out the images below:
What’s more amazing is that this is a pretty significant change to the game, and it’s happened just two months before Tony Hawks Pro Skater 5 is due to be released leading fans to be concerned that this could be a bit of a knee jerk reaction to criticisms that followed concluding E3 2015 and that it could lead to the game being rushed on launch day. It’s highly likely that changes are in fact a reaction however it’s unlikely that the changes will affect the overall quality of the game when it launches. For now, we’ll just have to wait until the game comes out in September.
Tony Hawks Pro Skater 5 launches on Xbox One and PS4 on September 29th, with last generation consoles the Xbox 360 and PS3 getting the game November 10th.