Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 will be adding some new sick features to the series’ usual multiplayer mode. Earlier today, game developer Robomodo explained how online play would work in the skateboarding game.
The new and improved multiplayer mode is similar to Red Dead Redemption in that players join open-world lobbies before then heading off to organized matches. Robomodo president Josh Tsui announced on the PlayStation.Blog that up to 20 players can skate around with each in these lobbies dubbed “Freeskate” levels.
Dedicated servers host the sessions themselves, so you can drop in and out of populated “Freeskate” sessions at any time. When a player is ready, you can jump into a mission with your party or challenge the entire park in one of the competitive multiplayer modes. This is done from the ‘Sessions’ menu, a multipurpose tool for queuing up missions or modes, managing your party, and checking to see who’s in the park. When your mission or match is finished, you can either retry/rematch or seamlessly jump back into the Freeskate where you can hang out while deciding what to do next.
One important thing to clear up about Pro Skater 5‘s multiplayer, though, is that it’s only available on PS4 and Xbox One. Activison confirmed in early 2015 that their PS3 and Xbox 360 counterparts would be single-player-only.
In his PlayStation.Blog post, Tsui also announced that the PS4 and PS3 versions of the game would get exclusive DLC. Fortunately for Xbox gamers, this exclusive content is minor. PS4 and PS3 owners will get access to Ratchet, Sweet Tooth and Sackboy heads for their custom characters.
The PlayStation perk is on top of the pre-order exclusives that retailers are now offering for all versions. For example, Amazon is giving away a Hawk Skull Board while GameStop is offering a Totally Rad 80’s Pack.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 will release on Xbox One and PS4 on September 29th 2015. The Xbox 360 and PS3 versions aren’t dated yet but should arrive “before the holidays” according to Tsui. Throughout the summer and fall, Robomodo will be giving players a chance to test the game in North America and Europe.