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EA is finally, actually making a new Skate game

The #skate4 campaign worked

Samit Sarkar (he/him) is Polygon’s deputy managing editor. He has more than 15 years of experience covering video games, movies, television, and technology.

A new Skate game is in development at Electronic Arts, the company announced Thursday during EA Play Live 2020.

The announcement came at the end of the show, as a “one more thing ...” from game director Deran Chung and creative director Chris “Cuz” Parry, both of whom are veteran developers on the Skate franchise.

“We’re back, we’re doing it! Skate’s happening; we’re rolling,” said Parry. “We secretly got together. It’s the beginning; the Skate evolution continues.”

“We’ve been waiting years, honestly, to make the right game, at the right time, with the right idea, and — really, really pleased to say that we’re here,” said Chung.

Parry and Chung didn’t provide any information on timing or platforms for the game, saying only that it’s very early in development.

The most recent Skate game was Skate 3 all the way back in 2010, and fans of the realistic skateboarding series have been clamoring for a fourth game for years, using social media campaigns with the #skate4 hashtag in an effort to get EA to hear their pleas. And now, those efforts appear to have finally paid off.

“You commented this into existence — amazing!” said Parry.

Update: We’ve edited the headline to clarify that EA didn’t technically refer to the new Skate game as “Skate 4.”

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