Skate is back! After years of fans demanding a series revival, EA finally confirmed during its EA Play 2020 presentation that Skate 4 was in development. Then it appointed a dedicated developer for it in January 2021. This classic Sony skating series rivaled Tony Hawk's Pro Skater in its heyday but has been dormant since Skate 3 came out in 2010.
Skateboarding games are making a comeback thanks to indie games like Session, Skater XL, and the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2 remake. Skate is riding that wave like it's a half-pipe.
Here's everything we know about the new Skate game.
When is the Skate 4 release date?
While EA has confirmed that a new Skate game is in development, the company has not provided a release date or release window for the game. At this point, it still seems like it's a ways off as EA said during its reveal that the game is still "very early" in development.
As such, it has not shown any gameplay footage and is still building up its development team. That also means we don't know anything about the skaters, maps, or music that will be included yet.
Is there a Skate 4 trailer?
While it doesn't show any actual footage of the game, a video announcing the new Skate game was part of EA Play 2020. In it, Creative Director Cuz Perry and Game Director Deran Chung confirm that EA is returning to the Skate franchise and thank the fans for their support. Watch that clip below:
"We've been waiting years to make the right game at the right time with the right idea, and we're really pleased to say that we're here," Chung said. While they both affirm that the game is in very early development, they thank Skate fans as Perry says they "commented this game into existence."
Why is the Skate series important?
EA's Skate series is known for being the main competitor to Tony Hawk's Pro Skater but stands out thanks to its unique control scheme and style. The Skate series is known for its "flick it" control scheme where players use the right stick and the game's physics system to pull off a variety of different tricks naturally.
It's tougher than the Pro Skater games but can feel more satisfying at its best. Later games in the series featured large open worlds and even an in-game video editor where players could record, edit, and upload their best tricks.
This could all definitely be adapting for a modern, social media-driven society. EA seems specifically keen on letting players share their creations, stating in a January 27 press release that the new Skate will "redefine the way gamers create content that can be shared with the Skate community."
Who is the Skate 4 developer?
On January 27, 2021, EA confirmed that it has created a brand new development team to work on the next Skate game. The developer is called Full Circle and is based out of Vancouver alongside EA Sports and a Respawn Entertainment support studio. This team is solely focused on working on the next Skate game and actively hiring, suggesting that the game and team are still in the early stages of formation.
Full Circle's GM is Daniel McCulloch, who is best known for previously being in charge of Xbox Live at Microsoft. He stressed that he's looking forward to connecting players not just with the game, but with its development as well.
"The fans wished Skate back into existence and we want them to feel involved in the process from development to game launch and beyond," he said. "We’re all about having fun and making great games that people want to play with their friends."
When will we learn more about Skate 4?
EA did not tease when we will hear about the new Skate next in the January 27 update. That said, McCulloch's comments emphasize that they want fans to be actively involved with the game's development, so EA will almost certainly be providing more updates before the new Skate title's launch.
Skate 4 is currently in development at Full Circle.