When Tony Hawk himself appeared at a Microsoft press conference at the 2009 E3 trade show, people knew that Ride, the next title in a skating series that did not out a game last year, was serious videogame business.
The video displayed at the event showed three of the most lauded skate riders in the world, Paul Rodriguez, Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins and Christian Hosoi, and many wondered whether they would all be present in the final release of the game. Activision has just put up the entire roster of skaters that will be in the game and the above three are there too.
The full roster of real life high-performance skaters who made it into Tony Hawk: Ride
is made up of: Alex Olson; Cara Beth Burnside; Christian Hosoi; Daewon Song; Dustin Dollin; Lyn-Z Adams Zawkins; Mike Mo Capaldi; Mike Vallely; Nyjah Huston; Paul Rodriguez; Rodney Mullen; Ryan Sheckler; Steve Nesser; Stevie Williams and, of course, Tony Hawk.Tony Hawk: Ride
is seen as a reboot for the Activision-made skating series, which has seen a lot of competition from Electronic Arts' Skate. The new game is set to introduce players to a full-sized skateboard controller that will allow them to simulate all the on-screen moves that their character performs.
It's part of a continuing push from Activision to introduce complex peripherals to its games, as seen in DJ Hero or Guitar Hero 5. The use of the new skate controller has seen most retailers list the price of Tony Hawk: Ride at 119.99 dollars, which is a bit much considering the current recession and could see gamers decide not too pick up the package.
Tony Hawk: Ride is set to be released in October, coming to the Xbox 360, the PlayStation 3 and the Nintendo Wii.