Skate 4 release date: After years of requests, tweets and comments, we finally got a response from EA that we’ve been waiting for a little over 10 years: that we are indeed going to have Skate 4! The last titans extreme sports game in development was Skate 3 released in 2010, which is still going strong in the community, but we’re really happy to expect a new installment.
There is a resurgence of skating games right now, with Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 getting a re-master, and independent studios are also getting into the creation of skate games. But it looks like the Skate series is still holding the torch with its pioneering joystick controls to mimic fliptricks and manuals, making it the most intuitive control system of its kind.
Skate 4 release date, leaks and everything we know
Here’s a look at what we know so far about the highly anticipated Skate 4.
Will it be different from Skate 3?
In terms of graphics capabilities and the engine it’s built on, yes. However, the mechanics that we have known and loved will remain the same.
In an interview with Jenkem Mag, developers Cuz Parry and Deran Chung were quoted as saying “This is going to feel like a skate game, that’s what I can say. It won’t be anything different. It’s obvious the team are trying to bring back the magic that made the first three games of the series so successful and enjoyable.
Why unveil a new game in 2021?
Sure, the new title was revealed in June 2020, but the reason we’re getting it is pretty straightforward: community and fan base. While there have been a few reshuffles within EA’s ranks, namely Laura Miele being promoted and championing the cause of Skate 4, fans have largely made this possible. The game at this point is a cult classic, and streamers and YouTubers are still playing it very successfully today.
In 2014, Skate’s popularity increased, but content creators such as Zexy Zek, who has over two million subscribers as of this article, with Skate 3 videos averaging around one million views per download. help keep the franchise in the spotlight. In 2018, people were convinced that we were going to see Skate’s comeback when online servers mysteriously came back online. Later in the interview with Jenkem, the couple revealed that “it was a mistake. I asked an online software engineer who is a good friend of mine what happened and he said, “Oh, I think someone restarted a computer by accident. “”
Is Black Box making the new game?
Black Box Studios, the original subsidiary of Electronic Arts, was dissolved in 2013, but that doesn’t mean some of the original creators aren’t working on Skate 4. The current official studio is called Full Circle. Chung and Parry were both part of the original team that created the skate games, so there will be no loss of authenticity. Both are excited about the new project as they were keenly aware in 2010 that Skate 3 could have been the end of the road. Back then, the DLC business was being heavily worked on in case this was the last skate game in the franchise. However, they said in the interview that “it was something that we knew would happen again”.
When will Skate 4 be released?
There’s still no official word on when we’ll see Skate 4. When asked when development started, they worked around the question and didn’t answer it exactly, so the development will probably still be in its early stages. Right now, a 2022 version looks the most realistic, but there is every hope that we will get it in the fourth quarter of 2021. As to whether it will even be called Skate 4, they said, “We don’t have any. not confirmed what the title of the game is. It’s still pending. ”
As the team is still looking to recruit 30 positions within the company, it might take a little while longer. The couple also had this to say about its eventual release, “we’ll try to get it to you as soon as possible.” We don’t want to rush in and blow it up. We don’t want it to be distorted. what we built before and what skateboarding is today. ”
It’s been 11 years, who will be the professional skaters in the game?
It is also something that has yet to be revealed. At the time of their interview with Jenkem, they themselves seemed in the dark about this (unless they were playing shyly). They said, “Full disclosure, we haven’t spoken to anyone at all. Nobody knows this exists… well, except for a few skaters who have mocaped… so I guess they know we exist. “
Previous games have shown a wide distribution of professional skating ranks, such as Danny Way, Andrew Reynolds and Josh Kalis. The series has always been in favor of Plan B members, so hopefully we will see some of them coming back, but since the last game came out, many more skating societies have been formed. Who knows, maybe we’ll see people like John Hill, Braille, or the Revive Skateboards team from the YouTube skating community. This is only speculative of course.
What consoles will it launch on?
Considering the arrival of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X just a few months ago, these will be at their peak once the game is released and will be the main platforms for it. An educated guess would suggest that the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One (Original, S, and X) will also get a release given that the Skate team skipped a generation of consoles, with Skate 3 covering the Xbox 360 and PS3. This is, however, also speculative. Computer enthusiasts are also in luck as there is talk of its availability on PC as well, which makes sense given that Session and Skater XL are available through Steam.
Let’s keep our fingers crossed to see the new skateboarding game ASAP, but certainly not before it’s really ready.
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