EA announces Skate 3

After just releasing Skate 2 earlier this year, EA announced today that Skate 3 is in the works and is slated to be released in May 2010.

The emphasis this time around seems to be all about the community and working together, especially with an all-new co-op mode that allows players to team up and complete challenges while progressing each other’s careers. Along with a new co-op mode, Skate 3 features an expanded Hall of Meat, a brand new skate.School mode to help train players, and even more enhancements to user-created content with the skate.Create feature suite, which allows players to create their own graphics, videos, and skate parks.

“The social and community aspects of the Skate franchise are something we’ve always embraced, but we’ve never done anything to the scale you’re going to see in Skate 3,” said senior producer Jason DeLong in the press release. “We’re giving gamers a very unique experience by providing them with the tools they need to build their ultimate team or create a team comprised entirely of their online friends.”

Players who pre-order Skate 3 will be rewarded with an unlock code that gives them exclusive access to the Black Box Distribution Skate Park. Skate 3 is currently in development for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 at EA’s Black Box studio and is set to hit stores in May 2010.