The long awaited Skate to restart could arrive sooner than expected by many fans.
As reported by Tweak Town, a recently transcribed Electronic Arts winning call suggests that Skate will be “launching soon”. That’s according to CEO Andrew Wilson, who went on to say that player-created and designed content will play a major role in the highly anticipated game. “[User-generated content] was at the center of the sims for a long time it is at the very center of fashions like Fifa and Madden Ultimate Teamit is at the very center of the design of Skate which will soon be launched.”
Wilson didn’t specify what form this content will take, but reassured fans that it would be an “extension of social interaction” that players can experience with their friends. Players speculate that Skate could allow them to design and build their own skateparks; a similar system was used and enjoyed by many gamers when implemented in Skate 3. It is likely that if a similar feature is implemented in the upcoming game, it will allow users to better access and experience courses and parks built by other skateboarders.
While Skate might not be as much of a household name as the competitor Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, the franchise has carved out a dedicated cult following. The original game launched in 2007 and received near-universal praise for its innovative control scheme that tied map tricks and mobility to the right analog stick rather than the controller’s face buttons. Developed by EA Black Box, it was followed by two sequels, both of which received positive reviews from fans and critics.
The next Skate, which should be both a sequel and a reboot of the franchise, is developed by Full Circle, a new studio recently opened by Electronic Arts. While fans were initially wary of another team taking ownership of the series, production on the game is headed up by Daniel McCulloch alongside Deran Chung and Cuz Parry, who all created the original title.
As for the details on the next game in the series, Electronic Arts has yet to show any gameplay footage from the title. The publisher released a brief message in 2021 stating that development was progressing steadily, highlighting the extensive motion capture work put into the project.
Skate doesn’t have a release date but it will likely launch on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and PC.
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Source: Tweak Town
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