PS3 The Lead Platform For SKATE 2
Early hands-on feedback for EA and Black Box's SKATE 2 has been almost entirely positive, especially given quotes like, "magic in your hands." They say the developers really worked to iron out all the small kinks in the original title, and the sequel is better in every possible way. Well, how did they do that?
Apparently, by using the PlayStation 3 as the lead platform. According to Gamer.tm, Black Box has confirmed they're using the PS3 in a leading role this time around, "due to criticism leveled at its predecessor." Producer Jason DeLong said the original SKATE received criticism for not being quite as good as the Xbox 360 version - a comment lament last year concerning EA titles that came to both consoles - and so, the team decided to make the PS3 the lead platform. No more shortchanging the Sony owners, it seems. DeLong said "it was something we learned very quickly that we had to remedy on the second one." Of course, he also says there will be very little difference between the two versions, but as far as PS3 users are concerned, that's fine...just so long as their version isn't clearly inferior. EA has been working to reclaim some trust over the past year due to 2007's numerous issues; the PS3 versions of their games ('cough' Madden 08 'cough') always seemed significantly inferior to the 360 version.
And why? Those PS3 games were ports, that's why. In this case, Black Box has been developing both versions of SKATE 2 "in parity," and DeLong said that their goal is simple: put the two games side by side, and you won't be able to tell the difference. That's just fine by us, and once again, we're officially looking forward to an EA production...surprisingly enough.
Related Game(s): Skate 2
10/6/2008 Ben Dutka