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EA registers a bunch of new SSX websites. Exciting, but also potentially terrifying. Here's why

So EA has registered a bunch of new SSX domains. And they use some pretty specific wording, implying there's a definite project in mind for them. Which means there's a very good chance we'll be getting a new SSX game relatively soon.

The thought of a proper new SSX usually makes me float off into the misty, unicorn-filled, soft-focus meadow in my head, and when I return, I'm always weeping slightly (albeit in a manly way). So am I excited? Well no. No, I'm not yet.

Because, you see, the domain names registered don't strictly state that this is a proper new SSX game. ssxfirstdescent.com, ssxdeadlydescent.com and variants of the two. That's what you've got. And while SSX games traditionally have subtitles rather than numbers (SSX3 is the only one with an actual digit), I'm going to hold off the tearful ebullience until I know for definite that this isn't just a crappy spin-off.

Why might it be a crappy spin-off? There is a precedent. Remember when the Wii came out, and EA jumped on the bandwagon by throwing a parped-out, motion -controlled remix into our ungrateful faces, in the form of the fairly repellent SSX Blur? Remember how PlayStation Move and Kinect are now out? Remember how both are claiming widespread support from big name publishers? I might be paranoid, but a new SSX in this climate seems a little suspicious, especially given the disinterest EA has given the series for years. And even more especially given that various journalistic murmurs at recent events have mentioned SSX and Kinect in the same breath. Could just be Chinese whispers though.

My worries could be completely unfounded. I hope they are. No franchise update would make me happier than one that could me hurtling down the crisp, pristine slopes of Big Mountain in full 1080P, smooth new beats pumping into my giddy ears. The potential of this franchise just from a visual perspective is immense in this current generation. And given the lengthy wait from SSX On Tour 'til now, there's been plenty of time for EA's designers to regain the freshness that particular sequel-too-far lacked, as well as come up with a whole bunch of new ideas for the new generation. Hell, I'll even give them these for free.

The time is right for a new SSX. The series has had a healthy amount of time to recuperate. There's no competition right now. It would look incandescant on modern hardware. But please. Please give me a proper one, not just a branded-up excercise in waggle or flailing.

17 comments

  • acridweasel - November 9, 2010 11:44 a.m.

    I was really excited about this news until I read this article. Now I am massively sceptical. *shakes fist at cynical games journo*
  • bluscorp - November 9, 2010 12:16 p.m.

    I think it a definite Kinect game, can't see it coming to us PS3 owners. Why? Because it's the domain name, Decent, it just shouts "Kinect Support". I'm still hoping for a SSX Tricky 2.
  • EliaKimTheGigas - November 9, 2010 12:29 p.m.

    Soooo what exactly is a Chinese whisper?
  • Ninjadmin - November 9, 2010 12:46 p.m.

    Damn you David! Youve single-handedly ruined all my excitement about this piece of news. If this is just a motion controlled spin-off, im going to be crushed :(
  • Fredeur - November 9, 2010 12:47 p.m.

    Damn, i have never thought about a SSX Kinect. I am now in shock and lifeless.
  • oufour - November 9, 2010 12:54 p.m.

    @ bluscorp well they did register multiple websites, maybe that means multiple games? a shitty wii and kinect game and a bitchin PS3 game! oh wait move. uh...let's hope 360 and ps3 get a controller option?
  • vidoardes - November 9, 2010 1:15 p.m.

    SSX Tricky was the peak of this series, I spent many, many hours playing that game, and the sequels left me very uninspired. Hopefully they can hark back to the PS2 days and produce a truly worth sequel.
  • raWfodoG - November 9, 2010 3:52 p.m.

    They better not mess this up!!! This started off as good news but then the points that the author bought up made me think otherwise. Just give us a pure SSX experience without any of this motion-controller crap!! Aargh, I getting mad just thinking about how bad they'll mess this up :)
  • smashpro1 - November 9, 2010 4:32 p.m.

    Just give me an HD remake of SSX3, and I'll be happy.
  • bluscorp - November 9, 2010 4:55 p.m.

    I personally don't mind if the new SSX had "optional" motion controls, but like oufour said, i just want to play it with my PS3 controller.
  • CanadianBeaverHunter - November 9, 2010 5:50 p.m.

    Expecting it to be a Kinect game. Hoping it's a game that can be played without motion controls.
  • 510BrotherPanda - November 9, 2010 6:11 p.m.

    I'm slightly offended by the term "Chinese whispers", if only because I am racially Chinese. And not one of them annoying spammers. SSX has always been a better option than that red-haired guy. Hope EA doesn't mess it up.
  • AwesomeA1010 - November 9, 2010 11:17 p.m.

    I'm of the same mindset, friends and I will pull out SSX tricky from time to time. An SSX game with Uncharted quality would be so wildly anticipated for me, I won't pick up a Kinect version tho
  • Robusken - November 10, 2010 2:54 a.m.

    Im excited yet worried about this news...
  • Evil_AppleJuice - November 10, 2010 9:14 p.m.

    if its PS3 move it will be fine, cause it will probably get the option to use a controller. I love the PS3 for its options. Want 3D? its there if u want it, but you dont have to. Want Move support? its there if you want it, its just "support". :)
  • philipshaw - November 10, 2010 10:29 p.m.

    I have to agree, even if they gave us SSX3 HD I would be happy because I have been playing that game recentely and it still looks great
  • Spybreak8 - November 11, 2010 6:56 a.m.

    "Just give me an HD remake of SSX3, and I'll be happy." This, oh god this, throw in some achievements and some multiplayer and It's all good!

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