Skate 4 Enters Playtesting and Could be Revealed Soon
Full Circle's development of Skate 4 is going well.
First announced at EA Play in 2020, the next Skate game was described as being “really early” in development.
But now, almost 2 years since the project started, things seem to be set in motion to start revealing more. Although a specific time frame hasn’t been stated, sources have suggested that the next game is going well and is much further along in development than people might have believed.
Sources have said that the game is well into its QA phase, which is news that can now be revealed via Origin’s API. Under the name “Project Dingo” the title has now started active internal playtesting via Origin, as can be seen below.
Origin’s API has also revealed that the game is still being referred to as “Skate.”, which could indicate that the title is a reboot of the series, rather than a sequel named Skate 4.
A lot of current details on the game are based on the “We’re Working On It” Skate trailer from July 2021, which included hints of a map editor, climbing, and in-depth personalization.
Rumors of the title also being free-to-play have also circulated since the game’s announcement, but sources that are familiar with the project have said that those early rumors and comments should be taken as pure speculation.
Instead, it seems that the next Skate will follow a traditional release with the likes of cross-play enabled, which is a feature EA is rolling out for its largest franchises. The next FIFA game and F1 2022 will all feature cross-play which are two titles that will release later this year will have cross-play enabled for the first time.
EA had recently reported that this year’s EA Play will be canceled, and instead, the publisher will “reveal much about these projects when the time is right for each of them.” With Skate currently undergoing internal playtesting, it could indicate that things are set in motion for the game sooner than we realize.
Thank you to @MUTLeaks22 on Twitter for walking me through the Origin API before making this report live.
UPDATE 26/03/2022 – Multiple people have since reached out to me claiming that Playtesting has been ongoing with Skate for months and that the Origin API update could indicate that something more is going on.
In addition, Jeff Grubb had also said in his GamesBeat Decides podcast this week that “something was about to happen on that game” and “we’ll probably hear more about that game pretty soon, although they are not doing EA play, so not there”.
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