The Ice skates franchise has been inactive for over a decade. After all these years, it’s back with a bold new direction.
On Thursday, Electronic Arts (EA) revealed the fourth installment called Ice skates. Yes, we will have to stop calling it Ice skating 4. It’s not supposed to be a sequel or reboot, so developer Full Circle is dropping the numbers entirely. Instead, it will be a free-to-play multiplayer title complete with cross-play and cross-progress across Xbox, PC, and PlayStation platforms. While the direct service route might scare away longtime fans, Full Circle claims that microtransactions in Ice skates There will be no pay to win, and there will be no loot boxes.
“It’s a true evolution of the franchise and takes what Ice skating 3 in 2010 and take it to the present and the future,” said Deran Chung, Ice skates creative director, speaking through The Verge. “It’s not just the evolution of the franchise, it’s the evolution of skateboarding where and from 2010 to the present and where the games have been since then.”
There is also a Ice skates The developer’s diary series is called The Board Room, which you can check out below. It’s worth a look for the extra game footage.
The development is still early, so don’t expect Ice skates early information release date. Whoever Registered to play playtesting maybe try an early build sometime in the next few months.
Written by Kyle Campbell on behalf of the GLHF.