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Skater XL

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Sports
Developer: Easy Day Studios
Release Date: July 28, 2020

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'Skater XL' (ALL) Targets July Launch Window, Reveals Pro Characters & L.A. Map - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on April 3, 2020 @ 1:03 a.m. PDT

Skater XL is an evolution in skateboarding games, where you will experience unparalleled board control and responsiveness while you skate legendary real-world skate spots.

Skater XL has been designed with the smoothest, most responsive gameplay ever felt in a skateboarding game. Experience unparalleled board control and responsiveness while you skate legendary real-world skate spots. With an emphasis on physics-based board control and freedom of expression, the team has worked closely with the skateboarding community to capture the feel and experience of skateboarding to make it accessible for anyone with a passion for skateboarding culture and/or game genre. 

Incorporating extensive motion-capture, Easy Day built a custom animation system that composes real-time animations on the fly (versus canned animations), which are under the user’s control moment-to-moment, ensuring that no two tricks or sequences look alike. This gives the player freedom to be as creative as they like in putting together tricks and lines. A process known as photogrammetry was used to capture the new character model and a variety of gear, clothing and accessories for character customization.

Style and Control: With new ground breaking and intuitive controls, skateboarding in a video game has never felt more authentic, fluid, and responsive. Style tricks any way you want and make every trick and line your own.

Legendary Spots: Shred real world legendary skate spots, like the LA Courthouse which is featured in early access.

Firstly - we have set the release of the full 1.0 version of the game for July of this year. Although this might seem like an eternity for those of you that have been patiently awaiting our launch, it is only a few short months away and it’ll be on your screens before you know it.

The full 1.0 game will be launching at an increased price point, but as early supporters of Skater XL, you can rest assured that owners of the Early Access game will receive the 1.0 game and all it’s content at no additional charge. We are extremely grateful for your taking a chance on an Early Access skateboarding game, and we are happy to confirm that you will be automatically updated and benefit from the new content when the game launches.

And not to worry, we will be continuing to update the Early Access game between now and July, so you will still be the first to test and give feedback on new features.

In addition to the 1.0 launch date, we have also announced coming playable pro characters! We couldn’t be more stoked to have skate icons Evan Smith, Tiago Lemos, Brandon Westgate, and Tom Asta as ambassadors on our journey. Each a legend in their own right, we are thrilled to bring them into skateboarding’s digital ecosystem, and are looking forward to the clips that the community will create. The pro characters will be available in addition to creating your own in the character customizer. More news on that soon….

And last but certainly not least is our unveiling of a map based on Downtown Los Angeles.

Downtown LA is so iconic to skating and it’s urban West Coast vibe was a no brainer to choose as of the main maps to launch with Skater XL.

This map is 15 times the size of the Early Access LA Courthouse map and is packed with 100’s of spots throughout it’s blocks of plazas, government buildings, and corridors.

With a focus on tweaking and optimizing for great gameplay, we spent considerable time capturing critical details to recreate its many legendary spots as well as taking some creative license to incorporate some of our favorites from around California and the West Coast.

Palm trees, blue skies, smooth concrete and classic spots, we think that DTLA has everything you could want in a street map and fits the vibe of what Skater XL is all about!

And while we are all excited about getting 1.0 into the hands of the community, we consider it to be just the beginning for what Skater XL will become. As a living product, we have a roadmap to include content and feature updates for the foreseeable future, as the game, community, and skateboarding itself continue to grow and develop.

Skater XL is already racking up an impressive library of online videos, thanks to the community-created Replay Editor mod, and the feature will be incorporated into the game’s release. Much in the tradition of homemade videos in the skateboarding community, players can make their own video edits, mashups and highlight reels.

Feel connected to your board like never before.

Currently available on Steam Early Access, Skater XL is coming to Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One and PC in July 2020.

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