The cat has been out of the bag for a minute now that EA would be returning their focus to the dearly beloved free-roam skateboarding title Skate, much to the delight of the title’s relentless devotees. This week, however, shit got real fast, with the developer revealing for the first time any sort of progress update on the release, giving us the first official glimpse into the game…sort of.
Before we go any further, it’s important to remember our place as simple content monks, humble to accept whatever offering the Skate development team has decided to hand us. That, and the important thing here is also that progress has been made. Rather than sharing any actual footage, concept art, or gameplay from Skate 4, fans can sink their teeth into what can really only be described as a behind-the-scenes supercut featuring various gaming identities, streamers, and skateboarders gushing in glowing terms about what they were allowed to see of the game.
“It looks beautiful, this whole open world,” one talking head reveals. “It reminds me of Skate 2,” another one interjects and “explain that spinning rail, can you do that to anything?” These vox grabs seem random right now, but no doubt these bread crumbs will end up being key insights into what we can expect from the design and gameplay.
In another telling moment, Skate director Deran Chung admits: “It’s early, we’re still working on it,” no doubt giving the team some breathing space from committing to an actual deadline, which means it most likely won’t make the jump in time for the EA Play Live event.
For anyone struggling to understand the hype – it’s now been more than 10 years since the release of Skate 3, which, as the name suggests, is the third entry in the hugely successful skateboarding series. Hushed rumours of a fourth installment have been spreading for that entire time so any form of an official word – even if it is the most ruthless tease of all time – is going to pop.