Speaking with Game Informer at the big event, Robomodo CEO Josh Tsui explained that there wasn’t a single decision leading to the switch, and it’s something they’ve actually been working toward for some time now. He added:
But as with everything else, it’s an evolving process, and we’ve pushed the visual style forward in increments to balance it alongside other technical benchmarks and gameplay and multiplayer optimizations. So what you’re seeing now is more the next step in a design rather than a totally new concept.
The reason it took so long to implement is because they had to make sure the game maintains 1080p/60fps, even when you’re playing with 20 people online.
As for why they chose this particular look, Robomodo thinks it’s “fun and over the top in the way the original games were” and they “really want to drive home that playful energy of sharing a skatepark with a crowd of friends.”
Overall, you won’t notice any real changes to the gameplay, while the colors were upped to add more detail.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 launches on September 29 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, with the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions expected later this year.