Skate 4 release date estimate, gameplay, and all the latest news

The skating series is making a return after over a decade laying dormant, so here's our Skate 4 release date estimate and news roundup.

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When is the Skate 4 release date? While we’ve seen plenty of early footage of Skate 4 already, EA’s upcoming Skate revival is a rare case of a triple-A studio showing off very early in-development footage of a game. Though we’ve seen plenty of Skate 4, we can also clearly see it’s not ready yet. It’s already been over a decade since the last Skate game, so we can hold on a little longer.

The first Skate was among the most innovative skateboard games around, from its analog control scheme and semi open-world game structure to its more realistic, less edgy representation of the skating scene. The development team behind Skate 3 was disbanded after its release in 2010, and the series’ community has been consistently bombarding EA message boards with questions about the series and its potential return ever since. Now, the team is very open about the development process for Skate 4, so here’s what we know so far.

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Skate 4 release date estimate

The devs haven’t confirmed Skate 4’s release date just yet, but we believe the game is going to launch between Q3 and Q4 2024. Skate 4 is set to launch on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.

While playtesting has been ongoing since early 2022, and you can find out how to sign up yourself below, there’s still a lot to be done based on the most recent footage in the Insider Playtest Highlights video from December 2023. Playtesting has only been available on PC so far, but the console playtesting is supposed to arrive sometime in 2024.

There’s also another video released during the same month when the developers answered several questions back in December 2023, including one about the game’s strange art style. The devs reassured fans that they are focusing on gameplay first, with the visuals being one of the last things on the priority list. In addition to this, skaters, their boards, and their sick moves are coming along nicely, but the world around them is just starting to take shape.

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Skate 4 gameplay

Even though playtest users signed NDAs stopping them from sharing gameplay, you can find plenty of footage of Skate online. However, this gameplay features incomplete character models, animations, and environments, so it certainly isn’t the finished product.

Skate 4 is going to look pretty familiar in terms of the types of tricks you can pull off and how you execute them. You can see grabs, grinds, flips, and rotations — the way the character models transition between them all looks relatively smooth and very familiar.

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There are a lot of off-board traversals, too. We can see players running around, jumping, climbing ladders, and even using grind rails like balance beams. The physics engine allows for some weighty ragdolls, so expect the Hall of Meat to return. There also appears to be multiplayer, but with expanded lobby sizes; we can see nine players in one scene above. And if you’re looking for some snippets of what the final product will look like, then there are some more polished sections in the trailer below:

Beyond what the footage tells us, we also know that Skate 4 will place greater emphasis on community-created content. Skate has had powerful level editing tools before, but the new Skate game will have collaborative building areas where co-op players can join together to start hurling different things together before trying to skate it.

Skate 4 or Skate?

Technically, it’s not even called Skate 4 — it’s Skate. But let’s face it, everyone is looking at this as Skate 4, so that’s what we’re going with until Skate catches on again.

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Skate 4 setting

We’ve visited a few skateboarding metropolises throughout the series, but Skate 4 is set in a whole new location: San Vansterdam. And yes, that’s quite an obvious reference. Cuz Parry refers to it as a sister city to San Vanelona, the setting from the first two games. It was confirmed in an earlier Board Room episode that there will be an ongoing story for the player and the city of San Vansterdam throughout Skate 4. However, as you can probably guess, they’re just not ready to talk about it yet.

Thanks to The Board Room episode 4, we’ve seen more of San Vansterdam than ever – despite it still being early days for the location. All footage seen in the episode is captured inside the current San Vansterdam build.

What we do know now is that there is a new level of verticality in San Vansterdam, and skaters can “flump” up walls allowing them to reach higher levels, and you may even be able to find a secret hidden gem before anyone else, as there is an incredible amount of world to explore.

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Skate 4 activities

Activities in Skate will constantly evolve and change, giving you something new to explore. They’re grounded in Skate 4’s reality meaning they can be out of the ordinary. Activities are also designed to support the community and involve all players regardless of skill level.

Some activities currently being worked on and tested are challenges – which players will be familiar with if they’ve ever set foot in a Skate game before. Challenges are short, solo experiences that will rotate in and out of the game with minor changes.

Pop-ups are dynamic events situated around the city that bring people together, which are not “super long or super hard”. An example is a requirement of gaining a 50,000 score as a group, and aim to attract players to one area of the game. Throwdowns encourage people to gather at any time to show tricks and show off. This enables players to put an activity wherever they find a cool space to have light, competitive fun.

Community Events are the final type of activity being worked on currently and allows for “pretty crazy” things to happen. The developer team wants players to think of these as games at a carnival. They’re light-hearted and fun events.

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Skate 4 insider playtest

You can sign up for the Skate insider playtests over at EA’s website. There’s no promise you will get into any of the playtests as a Skate insider, but it appears the game is only playable on PC right now. All Skate insiders must sign an NDA to confirm they will not share any videos, captures, or screenshots from the playtests. EA releases bi-monthly videos showing some community-designed parks and their skating lines.

Is Skate 4 free to play?

Yes, Skate 4 is a free-to-play game and it’s live service to boot. As you might expect, the free-to-play model means there are microtransactions. Developer Full Circle says there will not be any gameplay-altering items you can purchase, or loot boxes for that matter. This leaves cosmetics on the table as the main thing players might be able to spend their money on.

Is Skate 4 coming to PC?

Yes, in August 2021 the official Skate Twitter account confirmed the new game is coming to PC. As for crossplay and cross-progression, those have also been confirmed, so plenty of good news. We also received confirmation from the comments video back in December 2023 that Skate is going to launch on Steam.

And that’s all you need to know about the Skate 4 release date. If you’re looking for thrilling experiences, check out our best sports games list to find something extreme. We also have a list of excellent free PC games just like Skate 4 if you’re low on cash.