About two years ago, the folks at EA first revealed that a new game in the Skate franchise, the fourth in the series, was coming, but it would no longer have a number in the title. In addition, it will be free-to-play, free but with microtransactions.
When I think of skating simulators, Tony Hawk`s Pro Skater series comes to mind. Many people, however, are significantly more fond of EA’s Skate games. The most recent title was Skate 3, released in 2010. The newest should be released in the next few years, although we don’t have a very precise window when it comes to release.
The new Skate, more open and free than the old Skate
Without necessarily detailing when it will get into the hands of enthusiasts, the folks at EA have posted the clip below to form your opinion of where the project stands. Beyond the very important graphical aspects of the equation, the game will be free to experience, but will have in-app purchases. Importantly though, you’ll never put money into the game to unlock new maps or new skills to take advantage of in-game.
“We’re taking inspiration from Apex Legends and other free-to-play titles, where spending real money is completely optional and is more about visuals, cosmetics and convenience,” explained Isabelle Mocquard, director of product development at EA.
This could be the last game in the Skate series not because the developers have lost faith in the concept, but because the next title will feature numerous long-term updates, include seasonal events and new gameplay features introduced at a distance from each other. “I’m in this for the long haul. That means we’re not making an iterative title,” said creative director Chris “Cuz” Parry. “There’s not going to be a 5-to-10 Skate. We’re not going to be putting them out all the time,” the EA official concluded.
If you want to sign up to experience the beta version of the title, you can use this link.