Skate 3 Rolls Out In 2010

Skate 3 Rolls Out In 2010

The third entry in EA’s growing skateboarding franchise is coming in 2010, with rival street crews vying for prime Port Carverton turf in Skate 3.

So how is EA’s Skate franchise evolving in the face of Activision’s new peripheral-based entry in the Tony Hawk franchise? This time around it’s all about the community and teamwork, with an all-new co-op mode that allows teammates to complete challenges together, advancing each other’s careers in the process. Senior producer Jason DeLong explains the importance of the social side of Skate 3.

"The social and community aspects of the SKATE franchise are something we've always embraced, but we've never done anything to the scale you're going to see in SKATE 3. We're giving gamers a very unique experience by providing them with the tools they need to build their ultimate team or to create a team comprised entirely of their online friends. From there, it's all about proving yourself – teaming up, and throwing down."

Along with the emphasis on working together, Skate 3 also features an expanded Hall of Meat, a brand new skate.School to help players learn the ropes, and enhancements to the user-created content with the skate.Create feature suite, which allows players to create their own graphics, videos, and skate parks.

Skate 3 is currently in development for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 at EA's Black Box studio, with a target release date (in the UK at least) of May 2010. Check out the teaser trailer below to witness people skating, which I suppose is all you can really ask for.


  • Skate has always appealed to me. I mean Tony Hawks got ridiculous for a while there. Underground was pretty cool then it was like… give it a rest… now they are trying something different. Not too sure on it though – won’t get it cause of the price, but it may be a good thing for Tony Hawk with the stuff they’re offering.

    But when i played Skate, it felt so technical. I never owned it so i only got a few hours of gameplay. But it felt like it was a game you had to make yourself love. Perhaps i needed more time playing it and perhaps Skate 2 kinda changed it a bit – eventually i’ll give it more time, cause they do appeal to me in a sense of “It’s skateboarding” where as Tony Hawks turned into “It’s skateboarding but you hardly do that anyway”

    • Skate 2 was a much easier game to play. With Skate 1 you had to time your jumps and line up your angles perfectly, whereas Skate 2 is much more lenient. It makes for a much less frustrating experience. Plus, with the Hall of Meat stack mode built-in to everything, even stacking accidentally can end with pretty hilarious and enjoyable results, especially since doing so can unlock additional stuff in-game.

      I’d definitely suggest checking it out at some point, if you get the chance. There are still the occasional frustrating bits (their H.O.R.S.E mode is absolute bullshit, and I swear that AI cheats every time I give H.O.R.S.E a go), but I’ve had more fun with Skate 2 than I have with a Tony Hawk game in a long while. Plus, it’s made just skating for the hell of it fun again, which is as good a sign as any.

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