Skate 3‘s online servers have been spontaneously dredged up from the abyss, leading fans to speculate that publisher Electronic Arts is covertly priming us for a Skate 4 announcement.
While Skate 3‘s servers have continued to allow gamers to play together, various community and social features, like lobbies and sharing user-created parks, have been gone for some time. Now that EA has curiously flipped the switch back on, Skate 3‘s full breadth of online content is once again accessible to players.
As for EA’s reasoning behind this change of heart, the ideal scenario is that the publisher wants to build excitement for an upcoming Skate 4 reveal at this year’s E3. EA’s last official word on the potential sequel was that the publisher was “not presently making Skate 4,” but as that was almost a year and a half ago, a lot could have changed since then. After the preorder listing that surfaced for Skate 4 earlier this year, Skate 3‘s servers revving back up was all it took to light the speculation fuse.
If our dreams of a Skate 4 are not coming true, an alternative explanation for the servers coming back up is an upcoming remaster announcement. Of course, there is also the possibility that it means nothing and EA just decided to give us back some of our Skate 3 content, but that idea is too unsatisfying. This is hype season, people!
Fans will learn if this reactivation meant anything at EA’s upcoming EA Play event, going down on Saturday, June 9th, at 11 a.m. PT. Until then, fans can tide themselves over with Skate 3‘s newly reinstated online options, made more accessible with the game’s introduction into the Xbox’s backward compatibility program and its subsequent visual enhancement on the Xbox One X.
Source: VG 24/7