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Last summer, after four years of teasing, EA revealed that a fourth Skate game is in the works. When the news was announced (during the EA Play conference) it may have seemed a little anti-climactic: We went from having NO skateboarding games to look forward to in the near future to having a handful of viable options, like Session, Skater XL, and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater Remastered. (And Skapp.) Plus, how were we to know that EA wasn’t just trolling? In 2016, as a response to our ‘Make EA Skate Again’ campaign, the company engaged Gaming Twitter with some mysterious tweets which caused conspiracy theorists to lose their minds; in 2017, EA said the game is “not in development”; in 2018, the EA Skate servers came back online (there was a good explanation for that); then, in 2019, news leaked that EA wasn’t renewing the Skate trademark (there was a good explanation for that, too—sometimes online sleuths can be a little overzealous).
But this time it’s different. EA announced today that it has formed a new studio in Vancouver, Canada, which will handle development of the next Skate (the previous game was released in 2010). The studio, called Full Circle, will also enlist Skate’s creative leadership, Deran Chung and Cuz Parry, both having been “integral to the creation of the franchise and the development of all three original games.” The day that we’ve all been waiting for is coming… soon?
Revisit our 2016 ‘Make EA Skate Again’ campaign video, below!