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.
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.
Jason Lee (as Coach Frank)