Well, that’s kicked E3 off with a bang. EA Play was brilliant, they mentioned a lot of fantastic series additions for Star Wars, Mass Effect, FIFA and Battlefront to name a few but there was no mention of Skate 4 and people are more than unimpressed. Back in 2010 we were graced with the brilliance that is Skate 3 and ever since we’ve craved more and more, to the point where fans are going to EA’s official instagram account to bombard them with pleas of a reboot, and I can see why. I was a huge fan of the series of games, and nothing would make me happier than to see skating games other than the mediocre Tony Hawk’s games being released with their half-assed development and ridiculous mechanics. Back in February of this year though, we may have gotten a glimpse of what is yet to come, as an Australian website who deliver home entertainment listed Skate 4 up for pre-order before being taken back down.
More so, after the EA Play live stream, people are taking to social media to complain about the lack of a new Skate 4 game
Wait you forgot Skate 4…. #E32016
— Char (@CharOnTwitch) June 12, 2016
You’re right, they forgot – it can’t be true, we need this new game in our life.
Welp no SKATE 4. AGAIN. YET AGAIN. YET ANOTHER YEAR WITHOUT A NEW SKATE GAME. I'M FINE. IT'S OK. DON'T LOOK AT ME!
— 𝙉𝙄𝘾𝙆 (@Diction) June 12, 2016
6 years without a new Skate game, 6 years too much.
Skate 4 or riot.
— Shawn Ritz Arthur (@RitzPlays) June 12, 2016
Honestly, I agree with Shawn Hagenah, let’s riot because it’s been far too long since the last Skate game and it was brilliant. In Skate 3, teammates can complete challenges together while advancing each other’s careers. From rewarding epic bails and fails with a beefed up Hall of Meat mode to honing your craft with the all-new skate school, players of all skill levels have multiple ways to kill it in the game. The game also includes Create feature suite, an innovative toolset that empowers gamers to truly express their skate style by creating their own graphics, videos, and skate parks.
@BoWCNM We love the passion our players feel for the Skate franchise. A new game is not in development, but we appreciate your feedback.
— Electronic Arts (@EA) May 11, 2016
If EA really appreciated our feedback, they’d take it into consideration and put as much effort as they could into making a new game. It’s not a matter of “will it make us money”, it’s a case of how much money they’ll get from developing it. The Skate franchise has fans still playing their games, and with the love we all had for the series, don’t you think that somebody would’ve picked up where Black Box left it? Not only is this one of the most asked for game from EA fans, but Skate 3 is one of the highly anticipated games to be added to Backwards Compatibility because people miss playing it so much.
Not only are people up in arms on Twitter after the EA Play event, on nearly every EA Instagram post, each comment says ‘Skate 4’ as an attempt to rock the developers into making another game.
The reason I feel that people are as upset as I am about the lack of news about Skate 4, and the developers unwillingness to listen to their fans and make another game is because everybody keeps finding news and rumours keep surfacing that there is still development in the works. One of the most likely sources of information was a YouTube user called JorRaptor, who shared a clip with clues of development regarding Skate 4. One clue was for a job at Criterion Games who are in close relations with EA after developing the popular Need For Speed games, and the job was for a candidate who should be able to:
“animate the human form, giving the character weight, personality, mood, and believability.”
The creator of the video is convinced that you shouldn’t need to have these requirements to make a game like Need For Speed, and he’s not wrong because that’s a racing game whereas Skate 4 is a skating game where you spend half the time on the floor. He moves onto another point that this could suggest EA handing Criterion full reigns over Skate 4.
It seems unlikely that we’ll be seeing Skate 4 anytime soon and while some people are starting to decide that enough is enough, most of us are getting to grips with it. EA won this long battle, and we’re not getting a new Skate game, as much as it pains me to say, but maybe they weren’t lying.
Until then, let us know what you think about Skate 4 – do you need it? Do you think that EA should just make the game? Do you think we’ve waited long enough? Let us know down below in the comments while I wipe away my tears.