Today, Xbox Ones are alive with the sound of skateboarding. So, you know, the thwacks of wood and scrapes of wheels on pavement. Session, creā-ture Studios' skating sim that went into early access on PC last year, now has a free trial on Xbox One. Next week, on June 17, it's officially launching as an Xbox Game Preview title.
The folks at creā-ture announced the free trial and impending release with a very cheeky parody of the animated Xbox logo, replaced here by a skateboard wheel emblazoned with the Session logo. It's taken a little while for Session to make its way to the Xbox One: after creā-ture's Kickstarter campaign was successfully funded in 2017, a trailer for Session ran at Microsoft's E3 2018 showcase. It hit early access on PC last September.
Senior Editor Caty McCarthy checked out Session then and found it to be "a hardcore skateboarding sim with no bullshit—maybe to a detriment." It's definitely more akin to EA's Skate than Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, but it's considerably more demanding when it comes to pulling off even basic tricks like kickflips and grinds.
If that sounds like your kind of thing, Session also includes an in-game video editor for showcasing your best work. On PC, modders who enjoy Session's hardcore sim gameplay were also quick to start adding in new custom skate spots and remakes from Pro Skater and Skate.
We're in what's shaping up to be a good time for skateboarding games, or at least a time that's not completely barren. On top of Session, there's the indie whimsy of SkateBIRD on the way and a Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 and 2 remaster coming in early September for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. A revival of the Skate series would be great too, of course. You can bet that if EA opens up the chat for EA Play Live come June 18, there will be tons of folks spamming "Skate 4" in it. I wouldn't be shocked if someone posted "Skate 4" in the comments section on this piece.
Instead of doing that, though, if you've got an Xbox One then go download the trial for Session and give it a try. Maybe you'll find that the skateboarding game you've been dreaming of is already here.