We hoped that Activision would see the value in a classic Tony Hawk game after all these years, but after the disastrous Tony Hawk Ride, we weren't ready to place a bet on it.

Thankfully, Activision is smarter than it looks. The publisher has announced Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD — a downloadable release designed to celebrate the extreme sports series.

The game will feature a selection of favourite stages from classic Tony Hawk titles, including memorable locations such as the School (squee!) and Downhill. The game will retail for $20 when it launches "early next year" on PlayStation Network.

The VGAs is already off to a stormer, then. This is fantastic news. The only crime is that it hasn't happened sooner.

[source youtube.com]