While there have been other games in the genre down the years, with the OlliOlli
series the most recent, the history of skateboarding games has largely been dominated by two series. First, the Tony Hawk's
series exploded onto the scene in the late 90s/early 00s with a fun arcade style of skating, recognisable names and some rocking soundtracks that fans still remember to this day (those who played the original can probably recite Goldfinger's Superman off by heart). With its decline in quality in the mid-to-late 00s, EA Black Box then came along and filled that void with the more simulation-based Skate
series. With Skate 3
, the last in that series, now seven years old, skateboarding fans have had quite the wait for a quality 3D skateboarding title. Enter crea-ture Studios, who is looking to satisfy with their Kickstarter-funded title Session
definitely seems to take more inspiration from Skate
, not only from the game's aesthetic but also with the implementation of a dual-stick control system, with each stick representing the appropriate foot. One way that it differs from both Skate
and Tony Hawk's
is that there will be no scoring system at all. Instead, with online multiplayer that includes a filmer mode that allows a second player to follow behind a skater, real-life inspired locations and a video editor that can prepare videos shareable on Facebook, Twitter and more, the focus instead seems to be much more on the social side of skateboarding. Throw in a "living and growing open world" and day and night cycle, amongst other features, and there's a lot on offer for skate fans.
It sounds all well and good, but what does it look like in action? Helpfully, the team at crea-ture has provided a couple of trailers showing just that. The first, released at the launch of the Kickstarter, shows all manner of flips and grinds, as well as showing off the different times of day.
The second trailer still has its fair share of flips and tricks, but instead provides a look at one of Session
's inside parks...even if the trailer does finish outside.
If any of that intrigues you, feel free to check out Session
, particularly for some of the GIFs of the game in action and a prototype demo. Judging by the estimated delivery dates on the Kickstarter, Session
intends to be in Xbox Game Preview in 2018 before launching in 2019, although as always these are subject to change.