Tony Hawk: Ride Board Peripheral Is "Its Own Platform"
By now, most of you should know about that innovative skateboard controller that will debut with Tony Hawk: Ride later this year. But were you aware that it will be usable with other titles...?
In speaking to VideoGamer.com at E3, Robomodo president Joshua Tsui revealed that the accessory is viewed as "its own platform," and many future games will take advantage of this unique peripheral. We recently saw the retail price for the full Tony Hawk: Ride package; Amazon lists it at $119.99, which is a little steep...but not if you can use that board again! It reminds us of all the music-based games when owners can play their instruments on new iterations in a particular franchise. Said Tsui:
"It's really important to us that when people buy this package that they understand that, right now we're concentrating on Tony Hawk Ride, but we want to make sure that people have a good return on their investment so there are many games that are planned for this peripheral. We look at it less as a peripheral, as more of a platform. The obvious ones are snowboarding and surfing and such, but there are a lot of games that can be used with this board, and we're really excited to start working on those."
So essentially, it's almost as if the team conceived of the accessory first, then built their first game around it with the intention of making more. This is just fine by us, and hey, we kinda need a new surfing game. They tried a couple back in the early days of the Xbox but they weren't exactly fantastic; can you imagine trying to virtually carve a wave with that board?
Related Game(s): Tony Hawk: Ride
6/22/2009 Ben Dutka