After more than a decade since its last installment, Skate is finally coming back. The announcement of a sequel to Skate 3 was announced in June 2020 at the tail end of the EA Play Live Event. Now we are starting to see the developmental baby steps towards the actual making of the game with EA’s newly founded Vancouver-based studio named Full Circle. The new studio will act as the third developer for the game next to EA Sports and Respawn Entertainment.
The last Skate game from 2010 was developed by a studio named EA Black Box. This canadian studio also helped in developing other popular EA titles including Need for Speed, NHL 2004-2005, and Battlefield 3. After the release of Need for Speed: The Run in 2011, EA Black Box began experiencing layoffs that resulted in the studio closing down in 2013. A large amount of the team from EA Black Box promptly merged into EA Canada. Other former employees went on to join other game developers such as Ubisoft. Responsibility for future Need for Speed titles went to the development team at Ghost Games.
During this long period of layoffs and mergings, Skate fans have been incessantly demanding EA for the fourth installment to the kickflipping franchise with years of #skate4 trending online. It seemed that for the past decade, EA has remained silent or overall unenthused about the idea of a Skate 4. But now, all of that has changed in the last year.
EA’s newly formed studio, Full Circle, appears to have members of the original Skate team. Deran Chun and Chris “Cuz” Parry were named as the creative leaders for the new game because, according to EA, they were “integral to the creation of the franchise and the development of all three original games.” The leader of the development team will be the former general manager of Xbox Live, Daniel McCullough. McCullough also had experience in being the producer for Microsoft’s first-party Kinect games and the Forza Motorsports franchise.
Full Circle is continuing to grow as a development studio and is currently looking to hire many employees for positions for management and development. This means that even though Skate 4 is officially confirmed, there won’t be an announced release date for some time. That means that now is the perfect time to start building up hype for the day we all get to share the gnar on next-gen consoles.