It's been over a decade since the release of the latest installment from the Skate series so far, and over six months since it was announced during EA Play Live that a new game was being made. Until now, fans had to rely solely on guesswork, because there was no information about the new installment of the skateboard simulator. Electronic Arts finally broke the silence in the ether and shared a handful of fresh news. A new studio has been created for the project - Full Circle.
Electronic Arts' team is based in Vancouver, but according to its official website, team members come from all over the world, and Full Circle focuses on geographical and cultural diversity. The head of the newborn team will be Daniel McCulloch, who was previously the leader of Xbox Live at Microsoft.
As we can read on the studio's official website:
"We're working on the next evolution of Skate, and set to deliver an experience that will embrace and build upon everything our community found special about the previous games."
While this sounds like a typical developer slogan, one can hope that the new installment of the series will indeed live up to the expectations of the Skate community. Also joining the Full Circle team are the main creators of previous installments of Skates - Deran Chung and Cuz Parry. Without these two, it would be hard to imagine Skate 4, especially since they were the ones who announced last June that the game was being made.
At this point there's still not much information about the upcoming game from Full Circle and probably the release of Skate 4 is a matter of years. However, the very fact that EA is opening a whole new studio to work on the project can be good news after so many years of inactivity. All that remains for fans of virtual ollies and 720 is to arm themselves with patience or try an alternative in the form of last year's Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2.