Electronic Arts’ Skate franchise is known, and never simply because its trick gameplay primarily based on the right-analog stick was an evolution from the venerable Tony Hawk franchise. Whether you skated in real-life or not, everybody beloved Skate. Nevertheless, EA stopped the sequence in 2010 after Skate 3, and folks have been wanting extra ever since.
Today at its EA Play showcase, EA lastly introduced that it’s bringing again the Skate sequence. Despite not discussing any particulars about when or what platforms it’ll be on (though it’s a great wager it’ll be on the next-gen platforms and never a cellular recreation as rumored), the sequence is able to doing extra than simply serving us nostalgia. It’s model of branching gameplay, open-world exploration, customization, and neighborhood engagement simply slot in in the present day – despite the fact that Skate has been away for a whole console technology.
Beyond the sequence’ viability, the principle cause Skate is coming again is as a result of the builders, just like the followers, by no means fell out of affection with it. Game director Deran Chung says he all the time saved a return for the sequence in thoughts, and the time proved proper after a management change inside the firm paved the way in which for its return.
“Our imaginative and prescient as a studios management crew,” says Laura Miele, EA chief studios officer and a Skate fan from the start who pushed for its return, “is to hearken to participant suggestions and act on it, so this challenge has been a precedence for us for the previous few years.”
Although unique developer EA Black Box doesn’t technically exist anymore, a great chunk of the crew that labored on the unique sequence is coming again. In some methods, they’ve been collectively the entire time; Chung says they’ve an annual soiree. “This will not be regular,” he says, “for dev groups to maintain getting collectively years after they ship their first recreation collectively.”
EA isn’t discussing the sport’s options but, however speaking to Chung and artistic director Cuz Parry, it’s clear that as skaters their priorities lie with the game at the beginning, which takes care of the whole lot else.
Speaking about a few of the issues which have modified about skating for the reason that sequence has been away, Chung says, “you could be any form of weirdo you need.” Skating isn’t nearly avenue or vert anymore, it’s nearly individuals being themselves with a board. Given that previously the sequence immortalized biffs by way of The Hall of Meat, I’m positive the following Skate will comprise quite a few methods for individuals to be their very own skater.
The franchise has additionally enabled expression by way of its clothes customization and replay editor, amongst different issues, which have allowed the neighborhood to go as far as to place collectively their very own professional groups and clothes traces by way of the sport. Fostering a tradition of creation and neighborhood displays what the game is all about, and may simply be a element in what the sequence does subsequent.
Parry says that the idea of neighborhood extends to competitors as effectively. He likens the emergence of video games like Skater XL and Session to being at a skate competitors in real-life: If somebody does a great trick, you’re stoked. No matter who does it, you wish to see it.
There’s rather a lot that we don’t know concerning the recreation but – and possibly some issues the crew themselves haven’t even found out. Given their historical past with the franchise, love of the game, and the strategy that they’ll launch it when it’s prepared, the principle query is much less about what the sequence was or whether or not this function or that function is returning, and extra about all that it might nonetheless be