EA recently confirmed that a new Skate game is in the works, and now even more behind-the-scenes details have emerged. During a recent investor call [via VGC], CEO Andrew Wilson discussed the game’s reveal and the direction the team is taking it.
He said: “You take a game like Skate, and while skateboarding in and of itself has tremendous appeal to a huge, global audience, there’s also another secular trend that’s happening inside our industry around user-generated content, open-world and interaction,
“For many people, skateboarding isn’t just a sport: it unlocks their access to art, culture… if you follow a guy called Nyjah Huston on Instagram, who’s one of the world’s great skateboarders, you’ll discover that he’s a young guy who started out skateboarding, but now is a fashion and art icon who lives in a big house in Beverly Hills and drives around in a Rolls Royce.”
Delving further into the idea of how to give a skateboarding title a wider appeal, he added: “So for many people, you think about 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.
“So as we think about our future and we think about growth, a big part of it is choosing games that not only themselves have appeal, but can benefit from secular trends in our communities that we think will grow them even beyond our initial expectations.”
He teased: “There’s a whole new world that we’re going to unlock with Skate, that goes well beyond just creating a skateboarding game.”
I’m definitely excited to see just how far Skate 4 can go, and from the sounds of things, EA has big plans in store for the franchise. We know the game is coming, but we’ve yet to see any trailers or even images from the title. Don’t keep us waiting, EA!
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