It's an investment in the future for "other board-type games" he says, not "some gimmick" you need to re-buy every year. Bridges reality?
"I feel like the device is a flagship for other games," Hawk told . "I think we can do another skate game, I think we can do other board-type games, surfing, snowboarding."
"That really was the master plan," he went on. "I didn't think it was some gimmick that people were going to have to buy again next year." There's no going back now.
"I think it could maybe be a bridge for people who were intimidated to try skating in the first place," he said. "They could get on this and realize maybe they do have a sense of balance they didn't know and that that will inspire them to try the real thing. I could only hope."
There's a bit of a difference between the safety of the living room, and grinding down a set of stair railings in real-life, hurtling toward the ground with no save/load, Mr Hawk.
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