"The PC needs a new skateboarding game," Mat wrote last year (opens in new tab), and that still rings true. Session (opens in new tab), a spiritual successor to Skate, looks promising, but is still a long way off. Could Skater XL, a newly-announced game that will enter Early Access on December 19, be the sim we've been waiting for?
It's being made by the developers of mobile game Skater, but it's not simply a port: it's a fully-fledged sim with a city map inspired by real-life West Coast locales and a video editor so you can film your best tricks. As you can see from the teaser trailer above, it leans towards the more realistic end of the spectrum—you're not going to be doing triple backflips in a half-pipe.
When it launches in Early Access you'll be able to skate around an arena styled on the West LA Courthouse skate area with a single character. It'll have all the game's "core gameplay and game mechanics", Easy Day Studios says.
The developer is saying all the right things: it has spent four years "perfecting the thing that really matters for a new big step in the genre—the gameplay and controls", and promises it will be "involving the community in every step from here forward and communicating when and why we make each key design decision".
It doesn't yet have a price, but the Steam page is here (opens in new tab).