Easy Day Studios have announced that Skater XL is going to be kick-flipping its way onto all major platforms this July, concluding its stint in Steam Early Access as it heads to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC.
Skater XL is the latest attempt to recapture the magic of the Skate and Tony Hawks Pro Skater series, hoping to fill the void that they’ve left behind them. From what’s been shown of the game, it appears to be taking a much different route from EA’s Skate series, as well as Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater and the more recent Shaun White Skateboarding. Much like Session (which you can read more about in our gameplay preview) the emphasis here is on board control and allowing player to experiment.
According to Easy Day Studios, the team built Skater XL from the ground up instead of simply trying to emulate other games in the genre. As a result, they’ve designed a control system that uses both sticks – one assigned to each foot.
Pushing off on the board, you’ll be able to play as modern skater stars like Tom Asta, Tiago Lemos, Evan Smith and Brandon Westgate, or create your own custom character.
Dain Hedgpeth, Director and Co-Founder of Easy Day Studios said, “Today’s announcements are the culmination of more than a year of focused development and we couldn’t be happier to have Tom, Tiago, Evan and Brandon as ambassadors of this journey.”
They also revealed the Downtown LA location for the game, set around the LA Convention Center (where E3 2020 won’t be happening), the Staples and blocks of plazas, buildings, car parks and corridors that surround them. Dain continued, “Downtown LA is iconic to skating and we wanted to showcase it first as we gear up for launch. We spent considerable time capturing critical details to recreate its many legendary spots and look forward to players getting their hands on it in July.”
That’s just one of the locations in the game, with plenty of skate spots based around real locations in the West Coast. In addition that that, modders on PC have already created thousands of maps, in-game brands, contests and more… though it’s highly unlikely that any of that will grind over to the console version.
So, who’s excited for the first major skating game release in over a decade?
Source: press release