A new report claims that Skate 4 is much further along in production than anyone might have thought and that Full Circle and EA will reveal the game next month.
Electronic Arts formed a new studio called Full Circle early last year with the explicit purpose of creating a new game in the Skate franchise. Since then, we got a somewhat disappointing teaser trailer and the confirmation of a PC release. Development on the game has been quietly progressing since then, and it seems like we might actually get to see the game sooner rather than later -- a new report says that we'll get a reveal of the game next month.
Skate 4 Has Been 'Undergoing Extensive Playtesting'
A new report from Tom Henderson at Try Hard Guides (via Reddit) claims that we'll get an official reveal for Skate 4 next month, although it's unclear what exactly that reveal will entail.
One of the more interesting claims has to do with an alpha gameplay leak from back in April 2022 -- several of Henderson's sources claim that this video was actually from a much older build compared to the time it was released and that the game's development was much further along than what we saw in that video.
Unfortunately, we don't know exactly what this Skate 4 reveal will entail. Presumably, we'll actually get to see proper gameplay instead of shaky leaked footage or a teaser trailer featuring mocap actors. If this report turns out to be accurate, we'll find out for certain next month.
Also: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 + 4 Was Scrapped, Tony Hawk Says
Next month's reported Skate 4 reveal wasn't the only skateboard game news recently -- we've also learned the fate of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 + 4. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like good news.
"[Making Tony Hawk's Pro Skate 3 + 4] was the plan, you know. Even up until the release date of [Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2]," Tony Hawk said in a conversation with Twitch streamer andyTHPS (via @Okami13_ and Game Informer). "We were going 3 + 4. And then Vicarious [Visions] got kind of, absorbed, and then they were looking for other developers, and then it was over."
That wasn't the only interesting fact revealed by the Birdman -- Hawk says that Activision made a serious effort to find a developer who could take over the project from Vicarious Visions. The company had taken some pitches, but unfortunately, it wasn't able to find a developer that it was confident could make Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 + 4 happen.
While Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 + 4 is dead (for now, anyway), we still have something to look forward to with the reported reveal of Skate 4 next month. For now, you can stare wistfully at the official Skate 4 website while we wait for an update.