Hoping to grab some of Activision‘s market share for skateboarding games, EA has announced SKATE for the PS3 and Xbox 360. Marked for release sometime next year, the game, as the title states, will focus on skating, offering “innovative controls, authentic cameras and a fully reactive skateboarding city.” Professional skaters Danny Way and PJ Ladd have already signed up to be in the title.
“Our game offers a skate mecca for both skaters and gamers in search of the definitive authentic skating video game experience,” said Scott Blackwood, executive producer, EA Black Box. “We’re focused on capturing the actual feeling of skating with the innovative control system, the physics driven animations, the intelligent cameras working together to really deliver the closest thing to being on a board.”
Making an allusion to the legendary Tony Hawk series, EA states that the game will feature an unique control scheme that will “capture the true feel of skating” versus the typical button mashing gameplay of its competitors. It will also feature physics-driven animations which will result in no two tricks being the same.
SKATE is being developed by EA Black Box in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Some screenshots have been released for Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam which is exclusive to Wii:
Activision also released these demonstration shots, along with appropriate descriptions, to show off the game:
Boosting in Machu Picchu: Players initiate boost by giving the Wii controller a quick move forward.
Hangtime in San Francisco: Players can tilt the Wii controller to change the direction coming off of sticker slap.
Downhill grind in San Francisco: By tilting the Wii controller the player balance their grind.
Launching in San Francisco: To clear large obstacles, players can move the Wii controller forward to boost off of jumps.
Maneuvering in San Francisco: The Wii controller allows precision turning for avoiding obstacles.
Just look at those models! If the game is anywhere near as fun as they make it to be, I’m gonna be the first in line for Wii!