Skate 4 was one major surprise announcement from EA's not-E3 event last week. While there wasn't a huge amount of information to go at the announcement, EA's CEO has now provided a little more insight into the game.
Speaking in an investor call yesterday on June 22 (and first reported on by VideoGamesChronicle), CEO Andrew Wilson commented on the nature of Skate 4. "While skateboarding in and of itself has tremendous appeal to a huge, global audience, there's another secular trend happening in our industry around user-generated content, open-world and interaction," Wilson said.
Wilson further commented on the appeal of skateboarding in general, saying that "you think of skating as a starting point that has appeal, but you start to build in user-generated content, exploration and community on top of that, and that expands the opportunity exponentially." It certainly sounds as though Skate 4 is going to be leaning into user-generated content in some fashion, if Wilson's comments are anything to go by.
The revival of Skate was certainly met with enthusiasm, and Wilson confirmed yesterday that it actually broke a record for the company. Skate 4 broke EA's Twitter engagement record for the single tweet that announced that game, with a total of 62,000 retweets and well over 141,000 likes, as of earlier today on June 23.
Ultimately though, it sounds like Skate 4 is a long way away from launching, with no release date, gameplay, trailer, or platforms to go on right now. Earlier this year Skate 3 turned 10 years old, and we reflected on the seminal game and how badly it needed a revival.