In what was the easily the most surprising reveal from EA Play Live, the publisher announced a new Skate game is in development. Yes, it’s really happening. It’s real, though it sounds like the game won’t be here for a long time.
Announced at the very end of EA Play Live, the new Skate game is in the very early stages of development. No footage was shown, and it’s not confirmed that it’s necessarily going to be called Skate 4. We also don’t know what platforms it’s coming to or when it will be released–the reveal was effectively limited to the fact that a new Skate game is on the way.
“We’re back, we’re doing it–Skate is happening,” creative director Cuz Parry said in the announcement video, which refers to the new game as “Skate.”
Game director Deran Chung added, “We’ve been waiting years to make the right game, at the right time, with the right idea.” Chung cautioned that it’s “really, really early” for the new Skate game, so don’t expect to play it anytime soon.
Parry thanked the fans for their enthusiasm and patience. He went on to say that the new Skate is happening because of the fan fevor for it. “You commented this into existence,” he said.
There is no word yet on when the new Skate will be released or which platforms it will come to. Neither Chung nor Parry shared any details on what the “right idea” they came up with actually is.
The latest Skate game was 2010’s Skate 3, which was released on PS3 and Xbox 360. For years, fans had been clamoring for a new game, and it’s finally happening.
EA says that fans “commented the game into existence,” and the comments have been flowing since the reveal. We’ve been scouring Twitter for reactions from developers, celebrities, skaters, and whoever else seems particularly enthused, and we’ve rounded up some of the best reactions below, starting with Tyler, The Creator.
AHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!! SKATE 4 OR WHATEVER AHHHH https://t.co/WrnV9piJ5F
Actor Demetrius Harmon, who famously convinced Wendy’s to bring back their spicy nuggets, was briefly attributed by some with bringing Skate back too…although it seems that was not the case (and for the record, Wendy’s was also on board).
i brought spicy nuggets back my next mission is to get skate 4. i need yall with me
THE TIME HAS COME! SKATE 4 IS COMING https://t.co/Ce1f00OIJN
oh i had nothing to do with this btw
Twitch streamer Avalanche, meanwhile, pointed out that the comeback of great video game skateboarding franchises is one of the few things 2020 has going for it.
Tony Hawk announces Pro Skater
EA announces Skate 4 soon after
THE ONLY THINGS KEEPING ME GOING IN 2020
He is far from alone in this feeling.
EA coming in to save 2020 by announcing Skate 4 pic.twitter.com/DDjDKscio3
Niko Partners analyst Daniel Ahmad’s clever tweet below is a good reminder that we could be a while away from actually seeing the next Skate game, comparing it to Nintendo’s 2017 announcement of Metroid Prime 4–a game we are yet to see a second of footage from.
Here’s the full reveal for Skate 4https://t.co/lz5nYARnwH
The official Skate Twitter account is on a bit of a victory lap, quote retweeting several folks alongside the words “we’re back”–here’s one example out of many. Before today, the account’s last tweet was on September 8, 2010.
We’re back. https://t.co/oX4fTYojD2
The social media teams behind several publishers just could not hold back their excitement, either–here are just a few examples, including Roll7, developer of skating franchise OlliOlli.
Skate news pic.twitter.com/xbpOWgs3l4
We’ll be keeping an eye out to see if Tony Hawk is sizing up the competition, too, with Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 & 2 on the way later this year.
For now, we don’t have a lot of news about the next Skate beyond the fact that it’s in development, but hopefully we’ll find out more soon.
The announcement of this new Skate game comes after rival Activision revived its own skateboarding series, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater. The franchise is returning this year with a remaster package of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
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