Robomodo's CEO Josh Tsui has said that the sales success of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD has meant that a fuller game is "definitely on the table", explaining that it's just a matter of working out how to do it, and when.
"By making it 'lower risk' we were allowed to take some chances, which benefits both developer and publisher," said Tsui. "Now, thanks to the notable sales of the title, "the prospect of a fuller game is definitely on the table -- it's just a matter of when and how."
Of course, Robomodo have hardly been showered with praise for their time at the helm of the Tony Hawk series. Ride and Shred, which both incorporated the use of dreadful plastic peripherals, were critically savaged, and THPSHD has not had the easiest of rides.
We gave the game 4/10 and said the following in our Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD review:
You might sneak some enjoyment out of this supposed "Best Of...", but all that will be is a hollow echo of games that were much better, and deserved far better treatment, than this. Like a budget, poorly remastered, unofficial Greatest Hits album that's missing half of the material that should be there, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD trades ruthlessly on nostalgia and leaves you only with disappointment.
Tsui has hit back at some of the "quite vicious" reviews, suggesting that very subjective nostalgia may have played a part.
"The tricky thing about this game specifically is that it plays to childhood or teen memories," he notes, "and those memories can be very subjective obviously. We kept the mechanics the same even though they were 13-years-old because that was our number one priority.
"Had we changed it up and modernized it, we would have gotten the same criticism from the other side," he adds. "We knew going in that there were going to be some comments about the gameplay, but it's not Pro Skater 5, it's what Pro Skater 1 & 2 were."
We praised the decision to strip the mechanics back to the original game and its immediate successor, but were rather more critical of the game's physics, feel, and astonishing paucity of content. [Gamasutra]