Ever since Microsoft announced backward compatibility with Xbox 360 games for the Xbox One at E3, the company has been racing to add support for games requested by fans. Now, there’s evidence that the overwhelming demand for Skate 3 to be added to the list has finally paid off.
As of the time of writing, there’s no official word from Microsoft that Skate 3 is set to become backward compatible. However, there are several reasons to believe that the game will be playable on an Xbox One console sooner rather than later.
For one, the game’s DLC is showing up as free on the Xbox Store for some users. While this doesn’t exactly confirm backward compatibility support, various companies have made add-ons free to mark one of their games being added to the list.
It’s also been observed that the price of Skate 3 itself has been cut for certain users in certain regions. Much like when Red Dead Redemption was recently made backward compatible, it would make sense for EA to run a sale on the game once support is officially introduced — so an announcement might not be far off.
Finally, and perhaps most tellingly, there are reports that an image advertising backward compatibility for Skate 3 has been spotted on the Xbox One dashboard by a small number of users. If these reports are legitimate, it points to the game being available within the next few days.
The Skate series managed to carve out its own niche in the extreme sports genre by defining itself against the arcade stylings of the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater franchise. Rather than focusing on high scores and larger than life stunts, Skate was more about nailing the feeling of executing a particular trick, or pulling off a particular run.
Three mainline Skate games were released before the series ran out of steam. Fans have long since requested the games to be made backward compatible, with the hopes that renewed interest could prompt EA to investigate a sequel.
Even if Skate 3 is added to the Xbox One’s backward compatibility list, there’s no indication that EA is planning to revive the series. However, it would please plenty of existing fans — and perhaps expose a new audience to the franchise.
Skate 3 is available now for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.