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One of the most requested sequels from gamers throughout seventh gen gaming was a new entry in the Skate series. The game last left off at Skate 3, which has managed to gain a resurgence in popularity due to ongoing series of glitch videos. Well, there may be hints that a Skate 4 is coming, and here's what we know.
According to Gamespot a community manager working at Electronic Arts named Daniel Lingen sent out a cryptic message showing the following.
Obviously, #skate4 means absolutely nothing on its own. It could be Daniel jumping in on the community bandwagon asking EA for Skate 4.
Gamespot also notes that this hasn't really confirmed much of anything at all, and that the last news we've had of Skate was back when Electronic Arts made Skate 3 backwards compatible for the Xbox One.
Skate 3 was part of the pinnacle of EA's attempt to dethrone Activision's Tony Hawk's Pro Skater line, which had pretty much taken a stranglehold on the extreme sports genre. The Skate series was promoted as being a more "realistic" take on skateboarding, giving gamers different ways to pull off tricks and a far more challenging atmosphere compared to the more over-the-top nature of the Pro Skater games.
The last Skate title moved a couple of million copies, but not enough to justify continuing the series. Back in 2014 the YouTuber Let's Play phenomenon was really peaking and various high-profile YouTubers like PewDiePie were playing and glitching Skate 3, which put a lot of eyes back on the product. Not only did people see the game -- millions of people, by the way -- but those eyeballs began translating into actual sales, forcing EA to begin reprinting and distributing more copies of the skateboarding title to meet demand, as reported by Eurogamer.
It could be possible that since the uptick in sales EA's management may have gone back to the brand pool to milk it just a bit more. It wouldn't be outside the realm of possibility that they would begin focusing potentially reviving the Skate franchise with a new entry.
Of course, today's market is no longer so easily susceptible to flash-in-the-pan projects. The indie sector has really picked up on the quality front, offering gamers a lot of mechanically progressive experiences. So while extreme sports titles may be in short supply, there are other indie games like Wreckfest, BeamNG.Drive and Scrap Mechanic that have really raised the bar in terms of expectations.
EA would really have to focus on improving the overall playability of the Skate franchise if they want to woo gamers back in and avoid the fiasco that happened when Activision tried cashing in on a cheaply made Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 for the PlayStation and Xbox consoles.