Skate 3 rolling out May 11

EA Black Box returns with team-oriented skateboarding sim in two months on Xbox 360 and PS3.

Activision's reboot of the Tony Hawk franchise scrapped the standard controller in favor of a mandatory skateboard peripheral, much to the chagrin of reviewers. For those pining for the traditional gamepad-to-skate-deck feel, EA announced in September that it would be returning with its own skateboarding sim this May. Today, the publisher refined that release window, saying Skate 3 will be available in North America for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on May 11, with the international release to follow on May 14.

It's a skater's paradise.

Developed by EA's Black Box studio, Skate 3 will emphasize team-based gameplay in offline modes, as well as online cooperative and competitive bouts. The game features the new Skate School training mode, as well as a Skate Park level editor that lets gamers create their own parks, as well as shoot videos and photos of their exploits.

Skate 3 also introduces a new locale, as Port Carverton replaces the first two installments' San Vanelona setting. As described by EA Black Box during GameSpot's most recent hands-on with Skate 3, Port Carverton is a "skater's paradise" that fully embraces the skater community--a departure from the sometimes hostile stance seen in San Vanelona. The city also features a number of locales that mimic iconic real-life locations.

EA also laid out Skate 3's full roster of skaters today, which is listed below.

Mark Appleyard
Ray Barbee
Joey Brezinski
Dennis Busenitz
John Cardiel
Mike Carroll
Chris Cole
Jason Dill
Dan Drehobl
Pat Duffy
Rob Dyrdek
Benny Fairfax
Ryan Gallant
Chris Haslam
Jerry Hsu
Josh Kalis
Terry Kennedy
Lizard King
Eric Koston
P.J. Ladd
Jason Lee (as Coach Frank)
Colin McKay
Darren Navarrette
Lucas Puig
John Rattray
Andrew Reynolds
Ryan Smith
Braydon Szafranski
Danny Way

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68 comments
blakeney
blakeney

Gazz_777, the skate series over took thps with number one, and if not the first skate, defo number 2.

evo4x4hardcore8
evo4x4hardcore8

No Tony Hawk or Shaun White? Daaang, this is going over the line.

KILLROYIIII
KILLROYIIII

Improve on the hall of meat and then its a must get :D

ekultus
ekultus

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EL1CHEF
EL1CHEF

I Have Never Ridden A Skate Board (I've Only Sat On Them) But I Like How The Skate Franchise Has Made It Look So Real , And At Some Points It Feels Like Ur Actually Doing All These Tricks .I've Been A Fan Of Skate Boarding Game Since TH1 And Loved To Do The Dark Slide In TH2 So I'm Glad Its In This One

Trogeton
Trogeton

Even though you don't skate the games are AWESOME

Gazz_777
Gazz_777

Beat skate 1 and skate 2 and i have skate 3 on pre-order. Paying it off over the pre-order. It's amazing how games start of and progress better each time. Tony Hawk. Man, you need to bring your games into the 21st century because someone(not mentioning any names) will take over.

hotnixESS1
hotnixESS1

@boner reaper69 - You should go rollerblade guy. Either that, or go reap some boners.

ferrarienzo2
ferrarienzo2

@optimal im keeping it for myself if i buy it :P

blakeney
blakeney

bonereaper69, played too much Thps?:P

Dualmask
Dualmask

I literally lost my copy of Skate 2, which saddens me to no end. But in May I'll have this title to alleviate the pain. I'm looking forward to playing in the town that embraces skating as opposed to the one where danger and hostility were everywhere.

optimal
optimal

Oh, the day before my bday. Which one of you fine people want to buy it for me as a present?

blakeney
blakeney

I cant wait! Its comming out a nice time after battlefiled badcompany2, ill be just about ready to stop playing that ALOT and start playing this ALOT;)

ZachBobBob
ZachBobBob

@X360PS3AMD05 Haha same problem here man :P I haven't even complete skate 1 fully!!

newhighscore
newhighscore

nice. skate 2 was such an improvment over the original, i cant wait to see what they got now! i wanna see the track list. want to know what ill be shreddin to.

Dan21278
Dan21278

As long as D-way is there I'm there ^_^

X360PS3AMD05
X360PS3AMD05

Haven't even bought Skate 2 yet, slow down!

MyLameUsername
MyLameUsername

I'm gonna buy this the day it releases! It looks amazing! :)

volcomstoner180
volcomstoner180

such a sick lineup...reynolds, gallant, appleyard all in one game 3 of my favorites

supergnar
supergnar

So. Damn. Pumped. I can't get enough of Skate.

bangaa
bangaa

@MrHatnClogs - If you search for each of those names on youtube you will find some pretty damn good skateboarding to watch.

supergnar
supergnar

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guertt
guertt

you people should sh u t u p before they delayed that game lol this one will be awesome like the two before it.

MrHatnClogs
MrHatnClogs

I remember when I knew most Skaters names, now the only one I seem to reconise from the list is Eric Koston and Jason Lee, Lizard King looks like a cool name though! Of course, most names I know were from the Old Tony Hawk games. I gotta get back into these games now that the Tony Hawk series has gone downhill.

shaunn191
shaunn191

cool, jason lee is going to be in it

Transparanoia
Transparanoia

Enjoyed the first, but the second effort was woeful. I loved the fact I could do nearly everything the way I wanted to in the Skate, but Skate 2 really took that away.

Mikethechimp
Mikethechimp

..Not to mention the developers said in an early press conference they were only going to release three. The team concept, how each game will build on the previous installment and when they will be released, were planned from the very beginning. In fact, they already had Skate 3 underway when Skate 2 was released.

SweetMusic
SweetMusic

Pass. I'll be to busy with Red Dead Redemption the week after this comes out. And they just came out with Skate 2.

JOKER677
JOKER677

Exactly, EA is going to try to milk this like the MADDEN series and release one every year.

Scorpion1813
Scorpion1813

Played and loved the first skate, but didn't get the second because they released it way too early. I can see this franchise turning into another EA sports title that gets a hardly-changed release every year.

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

Pre-ordered. Co-op just sweetens the deal.

Pete5506
Pete5506

If its any where near as good as skate 2 was, I know I will be getting it

Mushroomhead2
Mushroomhead2

I love the Skate games.....idk why everybody hates on them so much; maybe because they break a bone when they look at a skateboard the wrong way...but who am I to judge, pff

frazzle00
frazzle00

There hasn't been a good skateboarding game since the very first Tony Hawk Underground and even that wasn't the pinnacle of the series (I thought THPS 3 was). Never liked Skate, so this doesn't really interest me. I find the camera angle they use to view the action to be absolutely horrid.

Mikethechimp
Mikethechimp

Before you complain about how every game is the same thing, and how they're "milking them", you might want to play the actual games first. Guy above me and anyone else who doesn't like the low camera should check the options menu.

Tombackman_5
Tombackman_5

As long as they really make it 60 FPS, I'm on board.

Jack_n_Coke07
Jack_n_Coke07

Judging from the videos it looks pretty bad, to be honest.

VidGamAnonymous
VidGamAnonymous

If this is another Tony Hawk Ride, I will be very disappointed

reeree746
reeree746

Yes. Let's just hope it isn't like Tony Hawk Ride!

RadicalToenail
RadicalToenail

Hopefully they won't be trying to milk this too much. The changes made from the first to the second, and now to the third, have shown that they're not just trying to suck out every last penny. We'll just have to see if it stays that way.

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

that paul rodriguez isnt in this game! YAY!!! i swear. that guy is overrated. seriously

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

please make a game like this every other year or something. tony hawk was activisions first victim of milking.

taylormadederek
taylormadederek

Yay.........more Skate.............NOT............keep it coming and it can end up being crap just like Tony Hawk.

monson21502
monson21502

another skate game this gen. yay:roll: