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Skateboarding Just Got Real with Session’s Biggest Update Ever

Session: Skate Sim (Game Preview) is heading into its final year of production after being in Xbox Game Preview since 2019. It’s been a fantastic journey, and we would not have been here today without our awesome fans from the Xbox Community.

Session: Skate Sim has been built from the ground up with a focus on realism. We’ve always been focused on delivering a super realistic simulation and despite the assumption that Session: Skate Sim is animation based, this physics update finally proves how much of a misconception that was, as we couldn’t have reached this level of realism without being fully physics driven from the get-go. The building blocks are finally in place and shaping up to become what we’ve always envisioned for the game. Your velocity, player weight, length of the board, and even the size of the wheels all determine what ‘real world’ physics are applied to the Skateboard. We also let you set these physics to a level you want, letting your skate the way you want! With such a unique feeling, we’ve been able to see players create stuff we’ve never seen before in skateboarding video games.

On top of the physics improvements, our most recent update has allowed us to focus now on making the game visually pop. We’ve polished movement, refined character animations, and generally improved the smoothness and responsiveness of the game to an incredible level.

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We’ve also got two new maps in this update, the legendary NYC Bronx skate spot: Jerome Avenue Banks and FDR Park. Also joining us for this update are five new pro skaters as playable characters: Manny Santiago, Billy Marks, Mark Appleyard, Antiferg, and Beagle.

Session: Skate Sim has plenty to offer every level of skater. The twin-stick controls make for a complex but intuitive system. We’ve also added control ‘difficulty’ options so you can skate with anything from an arcade feel to hyper-realistic physics. While this may sound daunting (and certainly takes a little getting used to), we also have improved the first-time user experience with a fun and easy tutorial – introducing the basics of skateboarding and movement.

We will keep working toward the full release this Fall, stay tuned for more.

Join us on our skateboarding journey through the free trial Session: Skate Sim (Game Preview).

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AUTHENTIC GAMEPLAY

With the dual stick controls, each stick represents one of your feet. You will need to learn how to control them and transfer weight, just like on a real skateboard. The physics have been developed with a focus on realism, smoothness and immersion. Just like in real life for a new skateboarder, the first hours can seem challenging, but once you have mastered the technique, you will feel the unrivalled thrill of pulling off your very first kickflip! Session: Skate Sim also includes full options customisation, so you can enjoy the perfect experience tailored to you. A full tutorial provides all the help you need to get started, and you can choose from four difficulty levels!

THE 1990S AND SKATE CULTURE

Inspired by the golden age of street skating – the 1990s – Session: Skate Sim lets you experience true skateboarding and its culture: no scoring system; just you, your spot and your imagination! There's no need for judges to tell you that your noseslide or varial heelflip are perfect for this spot. And because certain locations are iconic, the developers have added several of them to the game for you to skate in and express your creativity, including Black Hubbas (New York City), Brooklyn banks (New York City), FDR Park (Philadelphia) and many other spots.

"IF IT WASN'T CAUGHT ON VIDEO, IT DIDN'T HAPPEN"

Skating and pulling off the best lines in the best spots is one thing, but if no one is there to film it, it didn't really happen… In Session: Skate Sim, you can film with a 1990s filter or fisheye lens, and you can use the video editor to create your clips and share them. You can play with multiple options, including changing the field of view, time of day, filters, and different camera views (tripod, orbit, etc.). Session: Skate Sim also offers the chance to go from skater to filmmaker: pull off your moves then go into film mode to experience the action from the point of view of your camera operator and create the best clip.

CUSTOMISATION

Show off your style with an extensive customisation system for your skater and skateboard. By completing challenges, you earn money to spend in skate shops. You can find nearly 200 items (hoodies, shoes, caps, T-shirts, trousers, etc.) from top brands, such as Fallen, Zero, GrindKing, Thankyou, HIJINX Net, Antilanta, Roger Skate CO, No-Comply, iDabble and others. You can also customise your skateboard with over 250 parts, such as wheels, trucks and many other components from famous brands like, No-Comply, GrindKing, Thankyou and many others. In addition to the design aspect, the components (trucks, riser pads, wheels…) impact the way you skate. Find the right ones for your style and shred the most iconic spots!

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