The Skate series continues with a new game on the way that has just entered a big stage in its development. The currently unnamed Skate title has reached a point where players can now playtest the game in its current state. This comes alongside some new footage of the game showing off its potential gameplay still in progress.
The New Skate Playtest
The announcement of a new Skate game drew a lot of attention which was unfortunately followed by a poorly received teaser trailer. Still, the game has managed to win back some interest by finally revealing some gameplay and details about its progress. Though still in the early stages of development, this Skate game has opened it up for playtesting. Players will be able to sign up to experience the gameplay and physics of this new skateboarding title while it's in a "pre-pre-alpha" stage. They can sign up by going to the Skate Insider website, but note that it's currently only accessible through PC.
While the first Skate may have been released in 2007, EA left the series in a state of limbo after Skate 3 in 2010 and even more recently the shutdown of the Skate 2 servers in 2021. The Skate games are pretty straightforward in terms of content and design. Each title puts players in the role of an anonymous skater who is encouraged to skate once again. They'll be able to travel to different skate parks and also skate freely through the city where they can grind rails, ride up ramps, find jump points, and more as they try to complete challenges. They're given the options to race, perform tricks to earn the most points, and a more unusual mode where the goal is to injure themselves as much as possible. The series has quite a large comical following due to the ragdoll physics of the riders.
Though the new Skate game had a rocky reveal, EA has made up for this with gameplay footage of it currently in development. To show what they've done so far, PC players can sign up to playtest it.