Tony Hawk remasters will probably have microtransactions post-launch

The Tony Hawk remasters are prime opportunities for monetization, so don't be surprised if microtransactions jump in at some point.

2 minutes & 24 seconds read time

Microtransactions and monetization drive Activision's business. New games are just gateways to live service earnings. This should be the case for the new Tony Hawk remaster collection, which is a prime avenue for in-game purchases.

Tony Hawk remasters will probably have microtransactions post-launch 3

The new Tony Hawk remaster collection will have live service hooks via online multiplayer and custom map-making, so it should be monetized. Successfully monetizing engagement is the entire basis for Activison's billion-dollar business (ATVI earned $956 million from mTX in Q1'20 alone), and that even includes some games that don't really need it, including Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled.

The same should be true for the Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 + 2 collection releasing in September. While Activision and developer Vicarious Visions promise the game won't have microtransactions at launch, that doesn't mean the game will stay mTX free. Crash Team Racing didn't have mTX at launch either--those were added in later. Given Tony Hawk's robust monetization potential, I'm pretty sure the game will have some sort of buyable content.

"Everything that you see at launch is going to be unlocked with gameplay. We're not planning on having monetization at launch," Vicarious Visions head Jen Oneal told GameSpot.

So how will Tony Hawk Pro Skater remasters be theoretically monetized?

Cosmetic skins come to mind. Custom outfits for skaters as well as custom decks sold in a storefront (the Hawk Shop?) that combines both in-game currency (SKATE cash, maybe) as well as premium currency that can be bought with real money. You'll be able to unlock everything by playing, but expect a grind.

Activision has already confirmed the game will have tons of challenges and unlockables this time around. Of course you could just pony up some cash and unlock things right away...

Another big avenue for monetization is the custom create-a-park feature, aka the best feature of Tony Hawk 3. I'm excited for this mode, but I can also see Activision charging people for individual map pieces or even packs of new map-making content. And of course there's the season pass route. That's likely to happen, too.

Tony Hawk remasters will probably have microtransactions post-launch 4

Activision also hints cross-play will happen, but if you've been paying attention to our coverage on the company, you'll know cross-play is now a major focus for all of its biggest games. The Tony Hawk Pro Skater franchise is absolutely massive and definitely counts as a big breadwinner.

The main point is this: The Tony Hawk game releases are just the beginning. The real gameplan comes after release when monetization kicks in, as well as free updates and content that's delivered over time. This is the basis for Activision's entire business model and is the main reason it makes games.

For more on Activision's business, check out our massive Warzone article that delves into the inner-workings of Activision, monetization, and The Engagement Cycle.

Buy at Amazon

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 - PlayStation 4

TodayYesterday7 days ago30 days ago
* Prices last scanned on 3/24/2023 at 5:39 pm CDT - prices may not be accurate, click links above for the latest price. We may earn an affiliate commission.

Derek joined the TweakTown team in 2015 and has since reviewed and played 1000s of hours of new games. Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

Newsletter Subscription

Related Tags

Newsletter Subscription
Latest News
View More News
Latest Reviews
View More Reviews
Latest Articles
View More Articles