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Skate City rides out for some gorgeous street sessions next month

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As far as I'm concerned, there's no such thing as too many skateboarding games. Next month, we're getting a scorcher, as Skate City shreds a line away from Apple Arcade exclusivity onto PC and consoles.

Launching on Apple's subscription service last September, Skate City is a side-scrolling skateboarder in line with games like Ollie Ollie. But where that game focusses more on platforming challenges and combo runs, Skate City looks to take more from the likes of Session or Skater XL—using a system of directional swipes to pull off increasingly complex tricks while finding your own lines.

In motion, it's gorgeous. Skate City's, err, cities are blooming, hazy dreamscapes. It captures that unique joy of skating through a city at sundown—all without the pain of suddenly slamming your face into a sidewalk, forcing you to check into work meetings with a massive black eye.

Couldn't be me.

I'm particularly into your pal grabbing a camera to film your line in this clip, skating side to side before snapping your stair jump in glorious slow motion. Like Session, Skate City comes with its own recording suite for capturing your own video parts—and while the game comes with its own lo-fi soundtrack, there's probably nothing stopping you from slapping a whole lotta ska over your Tony Hawk antics.

Debuting with three cities to skate (LA, Oslo and Barcelona), Skate City also added a Miami stage on Apple Arcade last year—though it's unclear if we'll get this new stage on PC right away. Skate City lands on Steam and the Epic Games Store on May 6th for $15 (on sale for $10 for the first week). 

Natalie Clayton

20 years ago, Nat played Jet Set Radio Future for the first time—and she's not stopped thinking about games since. Joining PC Gamer in 2020, she comes from three years of freelance reporting at Rock Paper Shotgun, Waypoint, VG247 and more. Embedded in the European indie scene and having herself developed critically acclaimed small games like Can Androids Pray, Nat is always looking for a new curiosity to scream about—whether it's the next best indie darling, or simply someone modding a Scotmid into Black Mesa. She's also played for a competitive Splatoon team, and unofficially appears in Apex Legends under the pseudonym Horizon.