SSX getting Blurred

Electronic Arts' Montreal studio working to have next edition of EA Big's freestyle-snowboarding series in stores next March.

Back in July, Electronic Arts committed to creating a slate of six games for Nintendo's Wii, one of which included a new installment in the SSX snowboarding franchise. In September, Nintendo itself announced a release window for the game by including it on a list of Wii games to launch by March 2007.

Today EA finally spilled a few details about the game, now known as SSX Blur. The publisher confirmed that the game will arrive in North American and European stores in March of next year and promised that the game would take full advantage of the Wii's controller.

Hey, aren't most ski trips a blur anyway?

"We wanted to take the soul of the franchise--the air, the speed, the tricks, the fun--and Wii-ify it," EA producer Alex Hyder said in a statement. "You're going to see that reflected in the On-the-Ground and In-the-Air controls, the characters, the user interface, and every other aspect of this game."

SSX Blur is being developed at EA Montreal, adding a third studio to the publisher's Wii efforts. Madden NFL for the Wii was created by a division of the company's British Columbia studio entirely dedicated to developing games for the new console. Last week, the publisher announced a new studio, EA Salt Lake, that would be dedicated to making Wii games. The shop was previously known as independent developer Headgate Studios (PC editions of Tiger Woods PGA Tour and Madden NFL 07), which EA acquired.

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britishrockstar
britishrockstar

now that the wii is out, i wonder if EA forgot about the gamecube players.

noelveiga
noelveiga

I don't know if it will be a good game, but it sure looks awesome for a Wii game. Let's keep this progression and we might start seeing the "2xGamecube" power it's supposed to have.

randy915
randy915

It's going to come with a Wii-Boardâ„¢ that you strap to your feet. Moves are executed by actually performing them in real life.

Craskill
Craskill

The ssx series was one of the few jighlights of the gamecube era. Now, the wii will be even more powerful, and maybe be able to seriously compete in the insuing console wars of next year. This and the other 5 titles EA has announced is big news. And, since they will probably be Wii exclusives ( at least for a while ) will provide them with a big boost in awesomeness.

hawkeyes41
hawkeyes41

I'm actually really looking forward to this game. Can't wait to see what kind of crazy style SSX will bring to the Wii.

stlthriot
stlthriot

SSX Tricky is still the best to date, imo! :)

mhfurniture
mhfurniture

i wonder how they would use the wiimote

puablo
puablo

You know, if they just made it use the Wiimote like the board, and you banked the Wiimote around, that would be awesome. I have no idea how they're going to do tricks though. I bet their actual implementation will be the nunchuck for movement and the wiimote for tricks, which will be a shame if true.

saugh
saugh

Now there we go, a proper extreme sports game that will definatly work well (excluding Tony Hawks Downhill Jam)

aots_twilight
aots_twilight

An SSX game for a Wii system? Wow... it could work...

Cloud737
Cloud737

Lol, I thought the article`s title meant a SSX title coming for the PS3 (Blu-ray?). In any case, this is good news. More reason to buy the Wii.

meesey01
meesey01

Yea I would buy these kinda games just because of the wii-mote. I knew SSX was a good series but I never felt the need to buy them, now I do.

BrideInDream
BrideInDream

sounds cool... i hope it goes to the ps3 also

imprezawrx500
imprezawrx500

should be good the previous ssx has been great. if they use the motion sensor it could be way better.

wenbin09
wenbin09

Hope EA make a good game out of it!!

datniccah187
datniccah187

ssx is a bomb game, can't wait to buy a next-gen version of the game.

Super_Stud
Super_Stud

What about it coming out for the PS3, not just the Wii!

lzorro
lzorro

@mr_montoya85 - I'm going to have to disagree of all the people who supported the Wii launch I'm going to have to say EA definitely tried the hardest and in my book they succeeded.

RealSkyDiver
RealSkyDiver

@mr_montoya85 Another low quality user...OH SNAP!

Dualmask
Dualmask

I've always loved SSX. It'll be interesting to see how it plays on the Wii.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

blur..thats a pretty cool name. hopefully it will be as good as the other ones

dell900
dell900

Dan'it i thought the new ssx game for the wii would come out in march of 07' oh well just have to wait.

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

we will see if it it fully utizlies the controller. if its like carbon all over again forget it.

ultimate_zero
ultimate_zero

Whats the use, It's gonna be the same graphics that was on the PS2 with motion controls.This game isn't gonna be fun anyways, EA doesn't know what the word fun means.

wwonka666
wwonka666

EA is the devil, I hate then more than I hate Sony.

Kojo222
Kojo222

That's the first Backcountry stage of SSX3. It just has a new meter. I love the SSX (minus On Tour) but I don't see the reason to buy SSX3 again for a new controlling system. Never thought I'd say that, but I really need to see the control scheme is just as challenging as the SSX3 before I'm sold on this one.

sinceps1
sinceps1

I see where nappan is coming from but if their are two dedicated studios I would expect them to do abit better than glitchy straight ports. Madden 07 wasn't a port and it suprised everyone. Usually EA would botch a game up. I agree with that much of what you say.

djenhancr
djenhancr

Wow...this game certainly looks really nice so far and created a huge sense of depth & speed...they definitely better continue to improve this. (not unlike the absolutely STUNNING Superman Returns) *Sarcasm*

Vellyvel
Vellyvel

EA with the Wii suppoet. Go EA!

revelations
revelations

What about the other consoles??????? Its like the only good game EA makes so.....what about the other consoles..... Hey....what about the other consoles????

Supersonic2000
Supersonic2000

I hope it plays more like SSX 3 and less like SSX On Tour. If so then this is a game I would love to get for my Nintendo Wii.

Dr_Corndog
Dr_Corndog

Sounds like a game to watch for.

Zhengi
Zhengi

nappan Well this would be a perfect game for the Wiimote... so EA being EA will remake old SSX games and botch the controls. That's EA. If you ask me the future of the Wii isn't third party games, it's in-house games that use the Wiimote as only it's makers can. Face it, X game on the PS3 and 360 and a Wii port "adjusted" for it's graphics and controller is no favour to anyone. Now a game made 1st party that has you flip your board with flick of your wrist, or working with people like Peter Molyneux who always wanted to make a good gestural interface (look at black and white). That's where the quality for the Wii is going to come from, and where the Wii will widien the market. It's thinking the Wii is in direct competition with the other two consoles in the long run that will shaft gamers. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- You must have missed the parts where EA has 2 dedicated studios exclusively making games for the Wii. That means at the very least a minimal amount of shoddy ports from the PS3 or 360 to the Wii. As for SSX, give it a chance first before declaring it to bad controls.

wooooode
wooooode

Sounds good I love the series.

mgsninja
mgsninja

It'll be intersting to see how the game turns out.

DJ-PRIME90
DJ-PRIME90

I probably won't be getting this game, but yay for EA Montreal8)

nappan
nappan

Well this would be a perfect game for the Wiimote... so EA being EA will remake old SSX games and botch the controls. That's EA. If you ask me the future of the Wii isn't third party games, it's in-house games that use the Wiimote as only it's makers can. Face it, X game on the PS3 and 360 and a Wii port "adjusted" for it's graphics and controller is no favour to anyone. Now a game made 1st party that has you flip your board with flick of your wrist, or working with people like Peter Molyneux who always wanted to make a good gestural interface (look at black and white). That's where the quality for the Wii is going to come from, and where the Wii will widien the market. It's thinking the Wii is in direct competition with the other two consoles in the long run that will shaft gamers.

ShockwavMk2
ShockwavMk2

C'mon, where's the proper sequel to SSX3? This had better be close to it, 'cuz I'm not accepting SSX On Tour. I hated that game, it was miles behind SSX 3.

vix
vix

I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if it's a remake of a combination of 3 and OT for the wii but with wiimote controls. *prays for legit sequel cross console*