, and was subsequently told that the company doesn’t want to make a Skate 4. He also says that a new Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater game is coming this year.In an episode of The Nine Club, a podcast run by professional skateboarder Chris Roberts, Dill hopped on for a chat, revealing that he’d been called by EA about his participation in a potential mobile version of Skate 3.
“I got a call from the EA people about 10 months ago, and they said, ‘Hey, we want to talk about the Skate games.'” Dill starts. “This woman emailed me, and she said, basically, ‘Hey Jason, we want to do a mobile version of Skate 3,’ and I wrote back and I said, ‘What else?’
“She wrote back, ‘No that’s it.’ So I wrote back, ‘Look, no big deal, no one wants your stupid mobile version of Skate 3… make Skate f***ing 4 already!”Fans have been clamouring for a bonafide Skate sequel for the best part of a decade now, and Dill clearly wasn’t happy with the idea of a purely mobile version of Skate 3. “Just do it, just make the game, and just participate again. You can’t level it to the same numbers you get on other games. You do [Skate 4] for a cultural thing that pays you back later – and that’s how corporations can work if they play their cards right.”
EA wrote back to Dill, saying that it wasn’t looking to pursue Skate 4, to which Dill replied, “Well have a lot of luck on Need for Speed 29. I won’t be in your stupid mobile game.”
Dill ended his anecdote by making reference to Atiba Jefferson, who appeared in Skate 3 “If Atiba agrees, tell him I’m gonna call him. Don’t do it.” Closing out the conversation, Dill added “I think the Skate team at EA has done themselves a big disservice by not actually trying. I don’t want to be on some mobile f**king gaming system.”In the same video, Dill mentions that “Tony Hawk is putting out another game,” which is practically an open secret by now given previous leaks that suggest Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater is making a comeback in 2020. Dill explains his connection to that game by saying he’s licensed one of his boards for the game.
Dill reserved some praise for the upcoming Skater XL, saying, “That’s cool, it’s like a new thing that they’re doing. It’s adaptation of another thing.” We too are hoping that game can fill the Skate-shaped hole in our hearts.
Jordan Oloman is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.