“Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5” launched in retail and digital stores across North America and Europe today and people have begun digging into some of the problems of the game.
The Games Cabin reported yesterday that the game was available for pre-loading and the download size was only 4.6 GB, which is small compared to other AAA games that hover around 25-35 GB. After installing the game, a 7.7 GB update is necessary to download and install. The patch is almost twice the size of the base game. It is a shockingly large update for an unreleased game, but one NeoGAF member made this comment on the official thread concerning why it is such a large update:
“From watching an early US twitch stream of this game yesterday before the patch the only things the guy could do was play the tutorial and create a park, he said the other stuff wouldn’t run until the patch was out so I suspect that’s why it’s so big.”
Those without consoles connected to the internet may be stuck with an incomplete game, but there are other warnings that this game may needed more time to develop. Ever since developer Robomodo changed the art style from a realistic setting to a more cel-shaded look back in August, people have been cautious about this new entry in the “Tony Hawk Pro Skater” series. Activision, publisher of the game, did not send out any review codes until the game’s release today, which is never a good sign of faith as media outlets can initially post impressions than reviews. Eurogamer made a video showing off many of the game’s technical and physics-based glitches.