After years of watching every comments section on an Electronic Arts stream or Instagram post get flooded with "SKATE 4," the long-dormant skateboarding series is finally set for a comeback. Today during 2020's EA Play Live stream, the publisher announced that work on a new Skate game is finally underway.
We didn't get to see any of it though, or find out what it will be called. Chris "Cuz" Parry, one of the original producers of the Skate series at EA Black Box, appeared on the EA Play stream to announce the comeback and thank the fans for "commenting this into existence." Given that EA's saying the new Skate is in a "really early" stage of development, it might be a while before we find out more about it.
Still, news of Skate's return is coming during what was already shaping up to be a new, exciting era for skateboarding games. With newcomers like Skater XL and Session on the scene, plus a remaster of the first two Tony Hawk's Pro Skater titles coming in September, all we needed to well and truly cement this moment was an announcement from EA. Now we have it.
In hindsight, it seems we had some good reason to expect a revival was nigh. Last month, pro skater Jason Dill talked about the Pro Skater comeback ahead of the remaster's reveal and mentioned being approached about a mobile version of Skate. In November, folks noticed that EA let one of its trademark filings for Skate lapse, but the other one was renewed earlier in the year.
If you aren't a Skate diehard or never played them, Senior Editor Caty McCarthy recently made an impassioned case for why the series should return: "Skate 3 was the Skate promise fulfilled: teaching players not just about skateboarding, but the culture and communities it thrived in." After 2010, the series vanished. Now, a little more than a decade on, it's time for Skate to live up to some new promises.