Developer Easy Day Studios took to the PlayStation blog to detail some of the gameplay mechanics players can expect when Skater XL leaves Steam Early Access this year. To give you more freedom than EA’s Skate franchise and the legendary Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater series, Skater XL assigns each foot to a thumbstick. Thus, the left stick controls your left foot while the right stick controls your right foot. This will allow for a deeper level of “expression, personalization, and style [of] gameplay,” studio director Dain Hedgpeth wrote.
Hedgpeth also said that Skater XL’s “core gameplay is designed more as an expressive and creative tool than a traditional video game with pre-set challenges to complete, [featuring] several real-world locations based on iconic skate spots from California and the West Coast.” A concrete release date has yet to be provided.
Skater XL launched in Early Access on December 19, 2018, and has garnered a “very positive” rating based on more than 3200 reviews. It retails for $20 USD but Easy Day Studios notes that Skater XL will increase in price as it leaves Early Access and more features, like character customization and more, get added.
Between this, Crea-ature Studios’ Session (which launches on Xbox One sometime this spring), and Glass Bottom Games’ infinitely-cute SkateBIRD, skateboarding fans have a lot to look forward to this year.
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