Skate 4 Will Be Free-to-Play, Won't Have Pay-to-Win Mechanics, is Officially Titled 'skate.', EA Announces

Skate 4 Will Be Free-to-Play, Won't Have Pay-to-Win Mechanics, is Officially Titled 'skate.', EA Announces

Richard Walker

EA has revealed that Skate 4, officially titled ‘skate.’, will be coming to Xbox, PlayStation, and PC, as a free-to-play title. However, EA and developer Full Circle has offered assurances that there won't be pay-to-win mechanics or paywalls locking off areas of Skate's map.

Paid loot boxes are seemingly off the table too, and microtransactions promise to be only for cosmetic items. Skate will feature support for cross-play and cross-progression, and although it isn't being positioned as a sequel to the original three Skate games for Xbox 360 and PS3, its city of San Vansterdam is apparently set within the same universe as San Vanelona, from the previous titles.

Skate is currently undergoing a closed playtest, which has inevitably led to footage being leaked online, including gameplay from a cracked version of the game. “We’re aware of an earlier version of the game that has been distributed without our authorization,” Full Circle said in a statement. “This build is from September 2021 and was never intended for external use.”

You can find out more in the game's new video series, ‘The Board Room’ (via VGC), below. Skate will be coming to Xbox, PlayStation, and PC, though whether it'll be releasing for both current-gen and last-gen, or only Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5, is currently unknown.

  • I've always thought a Free-to-Play model would suit Skate games. It works for EA and the gamer. I do my best to avoid buying MTAs but if the game is free, I enjoy it and play it for weeks (or longer), I don't feel bad about purchasing a cosmetic I like. For example, I played PUBG for 8 months, so I bought a cosmetic shark suit and didn't feel bad.
  • Wonder how many dumb people were at the meeting for this?

    So good news we're gonna make this f2p!
    So how much we charging, more than other retail games?
    No, it's free 2 play!
    Huh? Pay 2 play!
    Pay 2 win?
    No! Free 2 pay... DAMNIT I mean free 2 play!
    I'm sorry you've lost me can you start from the beginning.
  • Hope this doesn’t make the gameplay suffer.

    Kinda has me worried now
  • @Yourburnstar - You and me both. This has been my biggest fear since they announced the game. That fear increased with each update and now it's confirmed. I'll still check it out, obviously, but I really REALLY hope I don't NEED to play with a bunch of randos to accomplish anything. Grinding for achievements in skateboarding games is one of my favorite pastimes because it never gets not fun (unless the game already sucked). But if I'm forced to collaborate with a bunch of Fortnite types...I'll just stick to Session.
  • If it was just about any company but EA making these claims, I'd be more inclined to believe them. As it is EA however, I'm rather doubtful.
  • Be happy you are getting it!!!
  • Well, if it turns out to be a skateboarding MMO, I'm NOT getting it. So.....?
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