A brand new skateboarding game is on the way, called Session, which is bound to be music to the ears of quite a few gamers.
As you might imagine, Session leans heavily on your nostalgia for classic skateboarding experiences like Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater and the Skate series. That’s a sensible strategy, and there are sure to be plenty of people that are drawn to the game by nostalgia.
While we wait for the launch, then, here’s all the latest Session news…
Session news: early access dates revealed
Early access to Session will be given to gamers that fancy a sneak peek at the fresh skateboarding experience. To start with, the game will come to Steam Early Access on 17 September. And it will also come to Xbox Game Preview on a not-yet-confirmed later date.
“The skateable environment [in the demo] is a 1:1 scale of New York focused on lower Manhattan, featuring the legendary Brooklyn Banks and surrounding Financial District,” the official description of the Steam Early Access demo tells us.
This developers at Crea-ture Studios announced this demo in this new Session trailer…
Session gameplay: a mix of old and new
Session will utilize a control scheme similar to the one seen in the Skate series, which means that it will rely heavily on the use of dual-analogue stick controls.
This seems to suggest it won’t be quite as arcadey as the classic Tony Hawk games. Your reaction to that news may vary based on your personal preferences.
Interestingly, Session also features a surprisingly detailed filmmaking mode that allows you to capture and edit footage of your runs for the purposes of sharing them with the world. This harkens back to the ’90s when skateboarding became extremely popular largely due to an underground tape trading circuit that showcased the skills of some revolutionary skaters.
In that same vein, it appears that most of the game’s levels will accurately recreate famous skate spots from across the world. The E3 announcement trailer (embedded above) showcases a few popular skateboarding locations in New York City, and we imagine there will be other famous locations in the final project.
Session release date: it’s next year
After the Session demos that will take place on Steam Early Access and Xbox Game Preview, Session will properly be released on PC and Xbox One at some point in 2020. It will not release on PS4, as far as we know.
We’ll keep you posted as we hear more…