20 April 2024
Games Technology

You Can Now Play Tony Hawk’s Professional Skater 1+2 Offline, However There’s A Catch

Excellent news skater punks: The not too long ago launched Steam model of Tony Hawk’s Professional Skater 1+2 is now playable offline. However in completely wack and peculiar information: This offline mode is just for Steam Deck customers.

First launched in 2020, Tony Hawk’s Professional Skater 1+2 is an excellent remake of the primary two video games within the iconic skateboarding franchise. It initially launched on consoles and PC by way of the Epic Video games Retailer. And for 3 years, the one method for PC gamers to purchase and revel in THPS 1+2 was by means of Epic’s storefront. Final month, that modified, when Activision lastly remembered to carry the sport to Steam. Sadly, this model of THPS 1+2 nonetheless got here saddled with an always-online requirement on PC, identical to the Epic Video games Retailer version. As you may think about, this annoyed many gamers. Nonetheless, a brand new replace added offline help, however in a complicated and considerably unprecedented transfer, this characteristic is simply accessible on the Steam Deck, Valve’s vastly standard transportable PC.

On October 18, a number of weeks after it lastly leaped to Steam, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 received a small 1.1 patch. There have been solely two notes within the replace’s tiny changelog: A keyboard overlay error that occurred on Steam Deck was fastened, and offline mode was added to that very same platform.

Followers nonetheless making an attempt to get across the bizarre requirement

After all, followers assumed that they might dupe the sport and Steam into considering they had been enjoying THPS 1+2 on Steam Deck even when enjoying on their desktop pc or laptop computer, and thus take pleasure in offline play with out utilizing Valve’s handheld. However to date, persons are struggling to discover a workaround.

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On Reddit, users are sharing different ideas for console commands that could trick the game, however nothing appears to be working but. Meaning, a minimum of for now, that the one option to play the sport with out an web connection is on a Steam Deck. And even when (or extra possible when) gamers and modders work out the way to correctly trick the sport and Steam into letting them play offline on a desktop, it’s weird that any of that is taking place in any respect.

Kotaku has contacted Activision in regards to the offline mode’s Steam Deck requirement.

I’ve not seen a writer do one thing like this on Steam Deck earlier than. Loads of video games don’t help the transportable PC, and simply as many have been up to date so as to add graphical choices or tweaks designed to make the sport run higher on it. However I’ve by no means seen a recreation utterly lock out options or choices when performed on a desktop. Even Aperture Desk Job, Valve’s small Steam Deck recreation meant to indicate off the hand-held system’s options, is absolutely playable on desktop.

But, not so with THPS 1+2, which appears to be holding a much-requested offline mode hostage and solely letting Steam Deck customers take pleasure in it. Certain, it is sensible that Activision would need the sport to be playable offline on Steam Deck, because it makes it simpler to play the sport anyplace and that results in extra individuals shopping for it earlier than street journeys and the like. However to utterly lock that mode away from everybody else on Steam is sort of weird, and admittedly fairly shitty.