Skate 4 Was Not Shown At E3 Today

Skate 4 Was Not Shown At E3 Today

It’s been years since we got a good skateboarding game, and that fact — coupled with some runaway hope — led fans to expect a Skate 4 announcement at E3 this week. And for a brief few seconds, they thought they’d actually got one.

Despite not being mentioned during EA’s E3 press conference, here’s the scene before Microsoft’s show tonight, where things got so hype that Skate 4 was trending on Twitter:

Then during Microsoft’s E3 show, a trailer popped up that showed skateboards.

On the big stage.

It could only mean one thing.

It was happening!

Oh. Turns out it wasn’t. It was a trailer for Session, an indie skateboarding game that had begun life as a Kickstarter project.

Poor Session, I feel bad for it. It wasn’t responsible for the nature and timing of its presence at the show.

And while folks were being dismissive of it, for anyone wanting a new Skate game — presumably because they enjoyed the “authenticity” those games strove for, and not just out of blind brand loyalty — Session is certainly saying the right things:

Inspired by the golden era of skateboarding, the early 90s and early 2000, “Session’s” primary goal is to make you experience what skateboarding really is: an incredible sport where there are no other goals other than expressing your creativity and achieving success through hard work, perseverance and bits of madness for no one else other than yourself.

But it’s not Skate 4. And for some that’s all that will matter.


  • I don’t understand why people are disappointed. Anyone who is interested in skating has been aware of Session (previously Project: Session). The Kickstarter has been up for ages. It’s been mentioned over and over again. People are investing in it. Several demos have been released. It’s harder in the controls than EA Skate games, but EA Skate games were harder in the controls than the Tony Hawk games and those who wanted to adapt managed to adapt just fine.
    EA has dragged its heels forever on the Skate front (yes, they’ve rebooted the servers, but it’ll likely just be to get your sweet sweet cash when they make Skate 3 backward compatible, because that maximises their profits without having to put much into outlay), so the fact there’s an actual skate game, made by actual skaters with actual skaters as an audience in mind ought to be a source of excitement. especially when it is someone other than EA doing it.
    Seriously. The last people we ought to be trusting at this stage of the game is EA. Their business model is awful. Creature Studios at least seem to have an ethical way of doing business. Or you can wait forever for Skate 4, with no doubt bugs, microtransactions up the wazoo and all the technical support of a motorised unicycle.
    I loved the Skate games and maybe one day we’ll get another one, but in the meantime someone out there is putting their money where their mouth is and some – many! – of us have been following development with very close interest, especially skaters.

    • Hit the nail on the head here. Session is looking to be exactly the game everyone longing for another Skate is looking for, and it won’t come with any of EAs nonsense. Seems like a major win to me!

  • Just couldn’t get comfortable with Sessions’ control setup. Triggers to turn just felt so wrong. Skate was instantly playable, fun yet still challenging. I’m a little bummed too.

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