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:
— Game Informer (@gameinformer) June 10, 2018
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.
Everyone thinking Skate 4 was gonna be released pic.twitter.com/f0ttrRLFGD
— Kieran (@MChederz) June 10, 2018
big fan of watching everyone getting hyped at the mere sight of a skateboard followed by the intense disappointment when it wasn’t Skate 4
— 9 V O L T (@9_volt88) June 10, 2018
Me when the trailer ended and it said, “Sessions” instead of Skate 4 pic.twitter.com/75UnsZsQaC
— Elder scrolls 6 announced type beat (@TGBEric) June 10, 2018
When people thought they were getting Skate 4
— Cameron Grant (@coolcam101) June 10, 2018
EA after that skate 4 bait pic.twitter.com/c1MPINRsH1
— SkAtE4 HAHAHAHA (@liltorchic) June 10, 2018
Me when i realised it wasn’t a Skate 4 trailer ???? pic.twitter.com/fhr3NkLERK
— ????Lou (@DarlingLouna) June 10, 2018
This aint skate 4 pic.twitter.com/wqcya5o8FQ
— evan (@woahmatey) June 10, 2018
— David (@unCAGEDgamez) June 10, 2018
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.