A new Skate game is in development at EA, here’s everything we know about our return to this sorely missed skateboarding game series.
Skateboarding fans have been clamoring for a new Skate game since Skate 3 back in 2010, especially since the Tony Hawk’s series went off the rails somewhat. Many believed a Skate 4 would be made eventually, but it turns out that the next Skate game will be a reboot of sorts and will simply be called Skate.
Since then, we’ve learned plenty about the upcoming title, including the fact that Skate will be free-to-play. Here’s everything we know so far about Skate from all EA has told us so far.
Is there a Skate release date?
There is currently no confirmed release date for the next Skate game.
However, thanks to some “very early” public builds, select players have been able to test the game in action. While it’s obviously barebones, it nonetheless provides a first glimpse of the upcoming reboot.
Thanks to Skate’s FAQ section, we know that the game will come to Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC. It is also looking to expand to Mobile.
Skate going free-to-play
During a July 14 ‘board room’ video, the team behind Skate revealed its long-term plans for the series. Rather than releasing a simple ‘Skate 4’ as a premium game and supporting it for a handful of years, the developers are instead looking to create a model in which they can support a new Skate title for much longer.
As a result, Skate is set to launch as a free-to-play title and feature cross-play across both different platforms. Currently, it’s unclear exactly how the game will make its money. Though FullCircle General Manager Dan McCulloch stressed that it won’t be a “pay-to-win game.” Thus, it’s safe to expect premium cosmetics, season passes, and other voluntary transactions.
One such transaction could manifest in the form of loot boxes, specifically the previously rumored and controversial “Swag Bags.” According to a report from Insider Gaming, playtesters have confirmed that loot boxes do exist in Skate and can be unlocked using in-game currency known as Stars.
Users receive Stars by completing challenges. The unlocks have supposedly been separated into 2 and 3-Star loot boxes, with the latter featuring the most valuable items.
With each box containing five items, players can expect to unlock the likes of furniture, clothing, and skateboard stickers. The report additionally claims every item will be visible prior to purchase.
Playtesters told Insider Gaming that only 16 different loot boxes exist in-game at this point. Since each one features five different items, Skate currently boasts no less than 80 items unlockable through loot boxes.
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The team behind Skate has not yet created a trailer for the next game in the series. They have, however, created a series of developer diaries showing some early footage and demonstrating their progress:
The first developer diary was from 2021.
One year later and the devs cheekily provided an update video, reminding fans they’re “still working on it.”
The most recent update showcased even more progress:
News & leaks
The original announcement video for the next Skate title revealed EA’s new development studio known as “Full Circle.” This team of veteran developers and skating enthusiasts will be building the next Skate experience from the ground up.
The studio is led by Daniel McCulloch, and also includes Deran Chung and Cuz Parry, who were all involved in the creation of the first Skate game. The next game in the series will also be set in a new city location known as San Vansterdam.
So there you have it – that’s everything there is to know about the upcoming Skate title. For more on upcoming releases, be sure to check out our release pages for the following.
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