Activision's Tony Hawk franchise took its first ever year off in 2011 because it had been run into the ground. Too many games in too many years with not enough new ideas. With the Spike Video Game Awards coming up, it appears that one year off is all Activision felt it could afford.

"I'll be announcing the upcoming release of something new on Sat; the same day as the Spike Video Game Awards" Hawk himself wrote on Twitter yesterday. "Coincidence? I think not."

Subtle! Hopefully the time off has let Activision's developers come up with something fresh for the franchise. A game where skating is the most important thing, and not just an excuse for seventeen layers stupid shit and tacky cameos, would be a good start! Failing that...a new game with Tony Hawk's 2's soundtrack would be acceptable.

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