Fans of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater are having one hell of a year. Not only are the first two games in the series being remastered and re-released on all the major consoles this September, but a new documentary about the creation of the game is dropping next month.
Pretending I’m A Superman: The Tony Hawk Video Game Story will chart the rise and fall of skateboarding from its early beginnings in the ’80s through to its decline in the late ’90s. It was around this time when Activision came up with the idea to create a skateboarding game, roping in a near broke Tony Hawk to help create what became one of the biggest games of 1999. Revitalising not only Hawk’s career, but the sport in general, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater became one of the biggest selling titles of all time, leading to countless sequels and spin-offs over the past two decades.
The nostalgic doco details Hawk’s involvement in the making of Pro Skater and how the video game not only positioned Hawk into the face of skateboarding, but also ushered in a new generation of skaters who took the sport to another level.
The short trailer features the likes of legendary skaters Hawk, Chad Muska, Steve Caballer and Rodney Mullen speaking about the game’s impact. Goldfinger frontman John Feldmann, whose band had a surprise hit with 1997 single ‘Superman’ that became the game’s unofficial anthem, even turns up in the trailer and adds his two cents. “The video game obviously turned into something much bigger than I think anyone expected,” Feldmann explains.
The doco will premiere digitally on August 18, with the remastered versions of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 released September 4 on PlayStation, Xbox One and PC in 4K and HDR.