Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 has had a rough time of it since it was announced. The game has had fans chastising it for its less than stellar visuals since we ever got our first look at it. Recently, the game adopted a new cell-shaded art style too, leading many to think that Robomodo were trying to paper over the visual cracks of the game.
That isn't the case, at least according to Robomodo CEO Josh Tsui, who spoke with GameSpot at GamesCom. He says that this art style was the plan for a while and that the studio just had to get everything in place for it.
We've always been confident in the look we were going for, but it took a while to ensure we could maintain the framerate with this style. It was essential that the game run at 60fps at 1080p, even with 20 people skating online in the same session. We've achieved that, so now fans are seeing a better-looking game.
…this is the design we've been working on for a while.
I'm not going to dispute this claim, but it is strange to come out with marketing material, when you know you might well change the entire art style of the game. Still, as I have always said, the graphical prowess isn't what is important here. Tony Hawk's ProSkater is built on gameplay and that is what I am most interested in seeing.