Fans have had to wait for years but it looks like Skate 4 is finally in development and coming to leading platforms.
EA Play had plenty of news and announcements, including new games for FIFA, Madden and Star Wars franchises.
But the big surprises were saved for the end, including the news that a Skate game is now being worked on.
Unfortunately, EA didn’t provide any details on what the new Skate game will be called – we’re calling it Skate 4 for continuity – or what platforms it will arrive on.
It seems likely that it will be available to play on PS5, Xbox Series X and PC, and whatever other streaming options EA wants to support.
It should also be noted that the new Skate game is in early development, as confirmed by game director Deran Chung during EA Play.
“We’ve been waiting years, honestly, to make the right game at the right time with the right idea, and I’m really, really pleased to say that we’re here,” Chung said.
“It is really early, but it takes a little while to find Cuz, or wake him up.”
Speaking about bringing back the franchise, Laura Miele, EA chief studios officer told Game Informer: “Our vision as a studios leadership team is to listen to player feedback and act on it, so this project has been a priority for us for the past few years.”
EA has also confirmed that more games will be coming to Steam, meaning Skate 4 could be in the mix sometime in the future.
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