EA has finally removed the grip from next developer Full Circle Skate game… sort of. It’s not like there’s an official release date or definitive news other than that the team is “still working” on it. However, today EA Full Circle released “pre-pre-pre-alpha” gameplay footage showing what was in the works and yes, this new skate the game looks crazy.
You may have already seen excerpts from this sequence. Pre-alpha gameplay of the next skate game – colloquially nicknamed Skate 4even if it should totally be called Sk4te—leaked in april. It showed open-world skateboarding similar to Skate 3 but a bit more arcadey and expansive, with hilarious ragdoll physics and solid skateboard mechanics. EA pulled those footage, but now it’s ready to show us more. The editor released a minute and a half video for Twitter and Youtube of what you can expect each time this game launches, and it looks like it will be inspired by recent skate games like Session and Skater XL.
So yeah, it’s absolutely “pre-pre-pre-alpha”. But what’s on display here looks really solid. The sound of polyurethane wheels scraping against asphalt or the tail of the board sliding along a metal rail sounds perf. Flipping the board also has nice realistic spins. It’s bread and butter for a skateboard game, but the next skate the entrance seems to go further. In the pre-pre-pre-alpha sequences, we see precise control over grind and flip, which is great for people who want to play more technically. There are also more arcade-like elements with unrealistic physics to help with tricks on flat ground like flipping on a car. And it looks like you can do all of this online, in what looks like massive online skateboarding sessions. My body is totally ready.
An EA spokesperson declined to answer questions, simply asking players to register for future testing via the skate Insider Program. You’ll need an EA Account to complete registration, and there’s no test start date. There is also no guarantee that you will be selected for the next session after you register, although the skate The Insider website clarifies that there will be “more opportunities in the future” to play the game. So be sure to watch those inboxes.
Who knows when we might actually see Skate 4, Sk4tethe following skate game, or whatever the hell we call it. It’s a shame EA didn’t have more to say, but the next skate going to live rent-free in my head now thanks to this new pre-pre-pre-alpha footage.