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Skate 2 is playable now on Xbox Game Pass on Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Series S through the power of backwards compatibility. If you’re Sony and you’re not sure what that means, it’s letting your players dive into those old games they still hold near and dear to their hearts rather than consigning classics to the bin. Stunning stuff, I know.
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Some might call the closure of servers for Skate 2 when it’s only just been added to Xbox Game Pass… counter-productive. I would be one of those people. Practically speaking, there are three weeks to get stuck into Skate 2 but there’s always your pesky life getting in the way of your gaming time. Yet, this was the last Skate title to get onto the subscription service, and it seems a little fruitless for it to arrive then take out the online component not long afterwards.
Additionally, we’re providing a heads up that on December 10, 2021, we will be turning off the Skate 2 online servers for PlayStation and Xbox. It’s not an easy decision and not something we take lightly. For more info check: https://t.co/98V9WH3W8C— skate. (@skateEA) November 15, 2021
This is what the publisher had to say. “As games are replaced with newer titles, the number of players still enjoying the games that have been live for some time dwindles to a level – typically fewer than 1% of all peak online players across all EA titles – where it’s no longer feasible to continue the behind-the-scenes work involved with keeping the online services for these games up and running,” explained Electronic Arts.
So, if enough players are enjoying Skate 2 before its servers are shut down, boosting that level, the company might consider reversing its choice. All we are able to do is hope, I suppose.
As well as Skate 2 filling out the Skate franchise on Xbox, the subscription service received all of the Max Payne games, Binary Domain, Lego The Lord Of The Rings, Red Dead Revolver, Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee, all of the F.E.A.R. games, and many more.
Curiously enough, some of these like Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee were also mentioned with Manhunt from a scoop we stumbled upon last week. Whether or not Manhunt does make it onto the service remains to be seen — it is a controversial game with governments actively forbidding it in Germany, Australia and New Zealand.
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