**Update 1/7/15** My original article was written over a year and a half ago, and here we are, just after the turn into 2015, and we still don't have any sort of substantial announcement regarding a Skate 4 release. How is that even possible? We all have new, shiny powerful consoles to play with, and they've been out for two years now, but there's still no word on Skate 4. There have been ridiculous false reports from no name sites — which I'm not going to link to out of pure disdain for them — as well as fansites created entirely for the purpose of Skate 4. But, as is the usual with EA, they appear to be ignoring what the fans want. I think a lot of people are underestimating the potential power of having a new-gen Skate, because they only believe that the game is played by skateboarders (completely false, by the way). I think if Sony or Microsoft were to nab the exclusive rights to the game, it would be more than a worthy announcement for the big stage at E3 2015. To me, since Microsoft is still slightly behind, I think this would make the most sense for them. Still, we're only left to hope, and here's to hoping that 2015 brings us a new Skate game for our new generation of consoles.
It’s been three years since we saw EA Black Box’s third iteration in the Skate franchise with Skate 3, which released in May 2010. Three incredibly long years. Many skateboarding enthusiasts are left wondering, “Dude, where is Skate 4?”
All of those “Skate 4 Coming in 2013“ videos on YouTube are fan-made and fake (you sonsabitches!), and there has been literally no official news or rumors from Electronic Arts about the next Skate game, or even if there will be a new Skate game, yet many fans are craving a new game in the series. Skate 3 mostly received positive reviews upon its release, with many outlets praising the game’s scope and addition of new tricks. However, it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows for the franchise. Some fans expressed concern of EA releasing Skate as a yearly franchise, but I was definitely not one of them.
In fact, I saw a MAJOR difference between Skate and Skate 2, as well as a MAJOR difference between Skate 2 and Skate 3. Skate didn’t feel like Madden or Call of Duty, where the yearly franchises felt like more of the same but with a semi-new skin. Skate 3 was a game that you could literally spend days of your life playing when all is said and done, and to date, I don’t think a console game has held my attention for so long. The ability to create your own skate spots, share them with friends, share your high scores, as well as free-roam with your friends provided for endless amounts of social fun.
Most importantly, there’s still room for advancement in the Skate franchise. For example, there are still plenty of new tricks to be introduced, such as Casper Disasters, One Foot Manuals and Grinds, a Darkslide Stall, etc. There are advancements and new tricks created in skateboarding every year, so there are always new tricks to be added to Skate.
Unfortunately, EA just recently announced that the company would be closing the official EA Skate forums on May 30th, 2013.
Former EA CEO Tony Riccitiello (remember him?) was the driving antagonist behind not releasing a new Skate title, stating that skateboarding games had a limited sustainability as a series. But, good news for Skate fans, he was recently let go resigned from his position at EA. EA would be smart to announce a Skate 4. While there has been an obvious decline in interest in skateboarding video games, we haven’t seen a new skateboarding game since Skate 3; that’s three years of skateboarding fans queued up to spend their cash on a major skateboarding release.
Wait, wasn’t the X Games on ESPN all weekend? And, there’s a major Xbox reveal conference tomorrow? And, unlike many other developers and publishers, we haven’t heard from EA about their next-gen plans yet? Hmm, is that a storm brewing, or am I just a hopeful schmuck? (Spoiler: Probably a hopeful schmuck).
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