Skate 4 is one of the games that I am following very closely. The Skate franchise kicked off in 2007 on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. New titles were released in 2008, 2009, and 2010. That 2010 title, Skate 3, had to hold us over until now.
The word now being a relative term as the game will not likely release until 2023.
Here is everything we know right now:
- Free to play
- Title name
- Emphasis on multiplayer
Free to Play
The game does appear to be launching as a free to play title. This will include a very detailed micro-transaction system for players to spend money on the game. At the end of the day, the game needs to make money. EA has said that the micro-transactions will be only for cosmetic upgrades and that the game will not be pay-to-win.
It seems that the game we have been calling Skate 4 or Sk4te will actually be named Skate. This is so that the game will be able to run indefinitely without a sequel. EA will add to it and make necessary upgrades over time. Many games are going to this live-service model now.
Emphasis on Multiplayer
Testing has been ongoing with regard to the lobbies. Session testing with up to 60 players have been done. This could be incredible for Skate. That fact paired with the live-service model tells me that EA is looking to really hit on multiplayer with this next Skate.
I am very excited for what I am seeing from EA right now. The game does seem to be a long way off. 2023 might even be a tad optimistic.