It's official - Skate 4 is happening! After many pleas to EA over the years, we finally know that a fresh Skate is coming, although it could be a way off.
The legendary skateboarding game has gathered dust since its last outing in 2010 - but now it's being resurrected.
Perhaps EA has taken note of the success with the recent Tony Hawk remaster.
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Devs debut new Skate trailer - July 19
As promised, the Skate 4 dev team released a new Skate 4 trailer in place of attending EA Play. However, it's not quite what you might be thinking.
The new trailer gives a brief look at Skate 4's motion capture process with the caption "we're working on it."
Skate won't be at EA Play 2021 - July 18
"We're not ready for prime time just yet and we won't be part of the EA Play Live show on Thursday," the statement says.
The tweet also promises to "share a little something with you all tomorrow".
There is no release date as it stands - as the title has only recently started development, we anticipate a 2023 release.
The game's Twitter account confirmed that a development team was formed in January of 2021, so we could be some way from seeing it.
EA has announced that it is opening a new development studio called 'Full Circle' to build the next game in the Skate Series.
Former Xbox Live boss Daniel McCulloch is overseeing the team as general manager.
“The fans wished Skate back into existence, and we want them to feel involved in the process from development to game launch and beyond,” said McCulloch. “We want them to feel like they are a part of Full Circle.”
Many will know that EA Black Box was the original studio behind the series.
EA Black Box created an abundance of extreme sport games such as Need For Speed, Sega Soccer Slam, NHL 2K and more.
However, the studio was shut down in 2012.
Luckily, EA is bringing back both Deran Chung and Cuz Parry as key designers.
The new studio will be situated in Vancouver, Canada.
There are no details on whether this is a continuation of the series or a reboot.
On the Full Circle website, it simply states:
"We're working on the next evolution of Skate, and set to deliver an experience that will embrace and build upon everything our community found special about the previous games."
We can expect the game to launch on PS5, Xbox Series X and PC.
Depending on the release date and demand for older-generation titles, it could also arrive on PS4 and Xbox One.
There's no telling if it will appear on Switch, as it will depend on where Nintendo are with their own flagship console.
Why Is Skate 3 So Popular?
So why is Skate 3 so popular? If Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2 Remaster didn't give you the answer, it's because skateboarding games are unbelievably popular and had a big fan base for the late '90s and early 2000s.
Players were extremely positive on the tight controls, nice animations, good level design, great soundtrack, lots of content and great satisfaction while playing.
One Reddit user summed it up perfectly:
THPS = Crazy Taxi of skateboarding games. EA Skate = Tiger Woods PGA tour of Skateboarding games.