Planning for new games while finishing up on a current project sounds like prudent game development. But what if one of the new games planned is a sequel the to current project, which has yet to go gold? We’re not so sure. Especially if that game is Tony Hawk: Ride. Not to be pessimistic, but we all knew it wasn’t a good sign when Project Natal made the skateboard controller seem obsolete at Microsoft’s E3 press conference.
As Tony Hawk: Ride nears its release this fall, Robomodo’s Josh Tsui intimated in a recent interview with IndustryGamers that both the developer and its publishing partner Activision have been already dreaming up a proper sequel for the game. When asked about new projects being considered at Robomodo, Tsui replied, “Obviously, we’re very focused on getting this done, but being the creative types that we are, we’re always writing up new game proposals and things we want to do. It’s just a matter of timing. With Tony Hawk: Ride finishing up [we have to think about] the sequel to the game and where that fits into our schedules. It’s a lot of juggling at this point.”
So is this an official confirmation of a Ride 2? No, of course not. But will Ride warrant such a follow-up? We don’t know, because it’s not even out yet. Hey, here’s a novel idea. How about releasing the game and seeing how it performs in the market before planning its sequel? Look, we know Tony Hawk is a big franchise with name recognition. But we think the suits at Activision shouldn’t get their hopes up too high for Ride, especially after getting a “feet-on” with it at E3. Just saying.