It seems as though revival-of-classics season is still going strong. Though we’re not exactly complaining. Give us the best parts of our childhood with remastered graphics and I’ll give you my whole goddamn paycheque. And over a year since Electronic Arts confirmed Skate 4 was in early stages of development, the gaming giant is another step closer to our financial surrender.
Full Circle – the studio charged with bringing it all to life – has offered fans of the long-dormant, cult franchise some tongue-in-cheek reassurance via teaser trailer. Appropriately titled We’re Working On It with a heavy emphasis on the “tease” element, while you’ll undoubtedly be glad to hear progress is actually being made, we’re betting you’ll also be feeling pretty blue balled by this so-called preview.
Instead of showing the world any gameplay footage, all we receive are BTS clips of motion-capture actors mapping out the in-game mechanics, smugly self-aware narration which sounds a lot like your whinier and more indignant Skate fan, plus the real kicker: reactions of people who have witnessed the game-in-progress firsthand. It’s almost enough aggravation to warrant a riot. Safe to say, another marketing team has earned their black belt in building anticipation / pissing off the masses.
“About fucking time,” one commentator expresses.
“It just looks beautiful… this whole open world – ” says another, before conveniently being cut off.
“It reminds me of Skate 2.“
“Yeah! You can climb.”
“Playing with all the homies will be so sick.”
“Explain that spinning rail – can you do that to anything?”
“I don’t want to look like anybody else.”
“You guys are in the fucking future.”
… it goes on from there.
Skate 4 was first announced by Game Director Deran Chung and Creative Director Chris “Cuz” Parry – “veteran developers” of the Skate franchise – during EA Play Live 2020; the latter of whom noted the long-awaited follow-up was going ahead after being “commented into existence.”
“We’re back, we’re doing it! Skate’s happening, we’re rolling,” says Parry.
“We secretly got together. It’s the beginning – the Skate evolution continues.”
“We’ve been waiting years, honestly, to make the right game, at the right time, with the right idea, and — really, really pleased to say that we’re here,” says Chung.
But at this stage, we’re still none the wiser regarding the hard details surrounding Skate 4 – production timeline, release dates, platform compatibility, nothing. It’s not even clear whether this new game will even be called Skate 4 or follow an entirely different naming convention. Although interestingly enough, EB Games has an active listing which indicates a placeholder price of $99.95, alongside a release date section marked “TBC 2021.” Mid to late 2022 sounds pretty feasible.
We’ll keep you in the loop as soon as we hear anything.