The sun’s beating down. Your heart’s pounding in your chest, hands greasy with the wax you’ve just used to slicken the ledge ahead. The tip of your board hits the tarmac with a wooden clunk, followed quickly by the whirr of the wheels as they ready themselves for your next run. Your friends are shouting at you, goading you on. Everyone’s watching, everything’s ready, but something’s off…what? Out the corner of your eye you spot a stray lace that’s thrown itself to the floor, like a child not getting enough attention. You reach down to re-tie it, catch yourself in the glass windows of a building nearby and think, “Damn, these new DC Shoes look friggin’ sweet”.

Yes, given the latest announcement from Easy Day Studios you’d be forgiven for thinking that attire is all there is to their upcoming game, Skater XL (I assure you though, it’s not!). Aside from giving us a launch date of July 7 on PS4, Switch, Xbox One, and PC, Skater XL will welcome a monster list of apparel, footwear, decks, wheels, and more from top brands, including:

  • New Balance – Numeric Shoes and Apparel
  • Etnies – Footwear and Apparel
  • Enjoi – Skateboards and Apparel
  • Blind – Skateboards and Apparel
  • Almost – Skateboards and Apparel
  • DC Shoes – Footwear and Apparel
  • Santa Cruz Skateboards – Decks
  • Vans – Shoes
  • Primitive – Decks and Apparel
  • Element – Decks and Apparel
  • Independent Truck Co. – Trucks and Apparel
  • Venture – Trucks
  • Thunder – Trucks
  • Spitfire – Wheels
  • Lakai – Footwear and Apparel
  • ẻS – Footwear and Apparel
  • Emerica – Footwear and Apparel
  • Grimple Stix – Decks
  • Sk8Mafia – Decks and Apparel
  • SOVRN – Decks and Apparel
  • Ricta – Wheels
  • Mob Grip – Grip tape
  • Bones – Wheels and Apparel
  • Crupie – Wheels
  • Grizzly – Grip tape and Apparel
  • Dickies – Apparel
  • Old Friends – Apparel
  • Transworld Skateboarding – Apparel
  • 411VM – Apparel
  • The Nine Club – Apparel

Wow, now that’s a list. Touted as the first skating game to come to all major platforms in 10 years, as well as offering players total freedom of control and expression, gamers will be able to customise the sh*t out of their character. 

So, whether you want to skate or just look damn fantastic, it looks as though Skater XL will have your back. Roll on July 7.