Skate: Free-to-play, playtest, trailers, gameplay & platforms

Joseph Pascoulis
skate character grinding on a skateboard

EA’s iconic Skate franchise is officially returning, with the devs revealing details around the gameplay, development process, release date, and more.

It’s been about a year since fans were informed that the EA development studio known as Full Circle would be bringing about the return of the Skate franchise.

The beloved franchise was almost destined to gain another release, as dedicated fans of the previous installments were continuously calling for the game to return. With their wishes slowly being fulfilled with the development of a new Skate entry, fans may want to know the details.

Here’s everything we know about Skate, including the release date, trailers, gameplay, and platforms it will be available on.

Skate character doing an Ollie

Is there a Skate release date?

Currently, there is no official release date for Skate 4, which is officially just called “Skate.” Having said that, the devs have made it clear that they will release the game “when it’s ready.”

Playtesting for Skate has been happening for around a year, and the devs have started opening up more about the development and even offering those who sign up on the Skate website a chance to playtest the game.

With that being said, the game could still be a while out, likely releasing in 2023 rather than this year.

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How to sign up for Skate playtesting

To sign up for playtesting, follow these steps:

  1. Visit the Skate website
  2. Click “Insider Registration”
  3. Sign into your EA account
  4. Select your platform(s)
  5. Wait for an invite for a playtest via email
skate character grinding a rail in a playtest

Skate platforms, crossplay, & cross progression

Skate will be a free-to-play live service model that is available on every platform. The devs also made it clear on their YouTube video “The Board Room,” that crossplay and cross-progression will be available.

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This means that Skate will be available on PlayStation, Xbox, PC, and even mobile, as the devs announced that they are indeed working on a hand-held version of the game.

Skate will be available on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S, but it’s unclear whether it will release on the previous generation of consoles. As more information is released we will be sure to update this section so stay tuned.

Skate gameplay features

Skate takes place in the fictional city of San Vansterdam, possibly hinting at a close relation to the popular skate shoe brand, Vans. The devs have a strong stance on giving the players what they want and implementing features based off the community’s suggestions.

The developers describe Skate as an “authentic evolution” of the beloved franchise, it “still feels like Skate…it has that visceral feeling, but also it has the chaos, the slams, you know, the fun with physics. ”

skate building props

At the same time, they also explain that there are a lot of “new features,” including more parkour options such as climbing and swinging, as well as new Multiplayer features such as the “Collabo Zones,” which are “wild cooperative building areas.”

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The devs also touched on microtransactions, stating that it’s something they have implemented to support the free-to-play model, inspired by Apex Legends. These microtransactions will be strictly cosmetic and not pay-to-win.

Skate trailer

Full Circle released their first gameplay trailer on June 30 called “Still Working On It,” giving fans a look at “pre-pre-pre-alpha” gameplay as well as information on the development process.

Skate is setting up to be a huge success for both new and returning players of the franchise. As more information is released regarding the game, we will be updating this piece. For now, check out the biggest games to come in 2022.

Image Credits: EA

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About The Author

After graduating from the University of Southampton, Joseph joined CharlieIntel as a Games Writer after a short stint of freelance journalism. Joseph enjoys most genres of games and will play anything that sparks his interest, but his expertise lies within the FPS category, specifically Apex Legends. If Joey isn't writing about games, then he's most likely playing them. You can contact Joseph at [email protected]