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New ‘Skate’ Game to be Free-To-Play

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The long awaited new entry will be a live-service, free-to-play game.

Last week, Full Circle, the developer currently working on the long-awaited new entry in the Skate series, announced alongside their publisher, Electronic Arts, that the game will be a live-service, free-to-play experience. The game is being developed as a regularly-updating world for players to freely explore and skate in.

“It’s an authentic evolution of the franchise and taking what Skate 3 was in 2010 and bringing it to now and to the future,” Deran Chung, a creative director on Skate, told The Verge. “That is not only an evolution of the franchise, but it’s an evolution of where skateboarding is and was from 2010 to now and also where games are from then to now.”

With the announcement of free-to-play has come concerns that the game may be focused on unpopular practices like microtransactions. While the game will have microtransactions, the team did their best to assure players that the game will not be pay-to-win.

“I want it to be very clear that it’s not a pay-to-win game. There won’t be any gameplay areas hidden exclusively behind a paywall. Players won’t be able to buy any gameplay altering advantages,” said Skate head of product management Isabelle Mocquard, who added that the team believes that “the best business models are based on respect, trust, and transparency,” and they want to make “a healthy model that will allow us to continue investing back into the game.”

A release date has not yet been set for the new Skate, but it is confirmed to be coming to PlayStation and Xbox consoles, as well as PC.