Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 PlayStation 4 PS4 1

You didn't need a caterer to tell you that Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 was in development: the Birdman has been teasing the sequel for months now. However, as part of the latest issue of Game Informer magazine, Activision has finally confirmed that Robomodo is dusting off its board and attempting to revitalise this once classic series – yet again.

As the name may suggest, it's very much going back to basics this time out. The title will marry tight arcade gameplay with various power-ups – and even projectiles in some missions. Yeah, we're not sure how that's going to work either – but it could be interesting. The Hawkster will return with son Riley, while other "famous" faces such as Nyjah Huston, Aaron Homoki, and Leticia Bufoni will be playable as well – Atticus t-shirts and all.

Most interestingly, you'll be able to play the game offline or online, and whichever you choose, your progress will carry across. This means that you'll be able to level up your character solo, and then take all of your progress into multiplayer when you hook up with your pals. You'll be able to share custom skate parks, too.

The problem is: it looks horrible visually. Maybe it's one of those games that you need to see in motion, but these initial screenshots certainly aren't flattering in the least. The game's due out on the PlayStation 4 later this year, with a PlayStation 3 edition set to tag along shortly thereafter. Are you excited by the prospect of a brand new skating sim, or do you reckon that this looks like an epic fail? Tell us to shove-it in the comments section below.