Whoever runs EA’s Twitter account royally plowed the hornet’s nest with a tweet dismissing single-player games.
Let’s keep in mind the stable of amazing single-player titles under the EA umbrella, to appreciate the true boldness of the tweet. There’s Mass Effect, Dragon Age and long-running classic, The Sims, to name a few. As we speak, Bioware is rocking Dragon Age 4: Dreadwolf, while The Sims 5 is in the extremely early ‘conceptual’ phase.
So it’s no surprise that EA’s Twitter account is having its proverbial nethers stabbed with splinters (absolutely justified). EA-published game developers also joined the fray to comment on the tweet (opens in new tab). In addition to ruffling the feathers so hard they were practically plucked, the buzz overshadowed other big news: EA is inviting players to test drive its “pre-pre-pre-alpha” Skate 4.
Thinking about working until midnight most of the year to help ship Mass Effect 2. https://t.co/POtZrFX0FiJuly 1, 2022
O Twitter account (opens in new tab) he has since confessed to his misstep, saying, “Well-deserved roast. Let’s take this L because playing single player games really makes them an 11.” You bet. I went from a shaky to a solid 11 and I won’t hear anything different!
Much like Bioware writer Patrick Weekes’ response above about the night’s crunch, Dragon Age creative director John Epler chimed in with the perfect gif (opens in new tab) by Jim of The Office. You know that one. And Dragon Age 4 game director Corinne Busche didn’t miss a chance to have fun either, tweet (opens in new tab):
“The only reason I know we’re not all living the darkest timeline is because we made DA:D single player.”
But let’s not lose sight of what’s new in Skate 4 in the midst of it all, because you can sign up to play the incredibly, super duper early version of the title.
How to play sign up for Skate 4 alpha
The Official skateboarding twitter account (opens in new tab) shared the new trailer, which you can check out above, as well as a link to the Insider skate test registration (opens in new tab) page. It’s a closed text, as you’d expect, with the devs stressing that it’s “too soon”. O FAQ page (opens in new tab) it says:
“We are too early in skateboarding development. and are bringing players into the game much earlier than is the norm in our industry. We are incredibly passionate about skateboarding. and we want to make sure we’re building the best game possible, which is why we want you to play it and provide feedback early enough for us to make significant decisions and changes before a worldwide release.”
There’s no guarantee that you’ll join as soon as you sign up, with players being invited to join “based on various factors defined by our goals for testing at that point in development”.
if you’re interested, sign up now and keep your fingers crossed!