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Why we need more SSX (and might just get it)

So Peter Moore is being all ambiguous again. This time though, my usual screening system for teasing corporate ambiguity has been bypassed. Because he’s been talking about SSX, EA's stunning snowboarding series. And despite having been spurned by the series for years, I am still in love with SSX. Hopeless romantic, stupid fool, crazy stalker, call me what you will. But I still await a new one.

There’s a whole lot of (admittedly sketchy) evidence knocking around that a new SSX might yet happen, but will it? Could it? Should it? And if it does, what form should it take? Read on and I’ll give you a full run down of all of the above.

Should it happen? (Yes)

Above: If you don't need more of that in your life, you are already emotionally dead

Of course it should. The SSX series is the biggest, most beautiful, most exhilarating and most inventive snowboarding franchise ever made, and a brand new HD sequel would be one of the pinnacles of human achievement thus far. You should feel a bit silly for asking.

Is it happening?

Well the thing is, a lot of SSX’s original developers at EA Big (EA’s old extreme sports label) have now filtered out around the company, and many of them are working on the Skate franchise. There have however, been definite teasers coming out of EA from a different source over the last couple of years.


Above: Hope hits us in a 200 mph smash

If you know SSX, and played a lot of Burnout Paradise, and left the radio DJ switched on (which you probably did if you know SSX), then you’ll already be aware of what I’m talking about. DJing duties on both SSX 3 and Burnout Paradise were conducted by one DJ Atomika. He was also referenced in Burnout 3, thoroughly cementing the idea that both franchises exist in the same world. But why is this important for SSX?

One of his lines of dialogue in BP concerns a message from Mac Fraser, one of SSX’s playable characters, which explained that the snow was falling on Big Mountain (SSX’s setting) and would be ready to ride soon. Obviously though, that message came through a good while ago, and nothing has happened since.

BUT!

In January Criterion’s Twitter feed mentioned that Crash FM would be off air for the day because Atomika was away riding Peak 3. Maybe just a reference to the UK’s severe snow early this year, but a bit suspicious to reference the franchise if it isn’t still considered current, right? Has EA got Criterion working on a new sequel? Is it all just a load of teasing in-jokery from an SSX fanboy at the Burnout dev? We don’t know for definite, but more official word from EA has recently implied that the franchise certainly isn’t considered dead.

Next: What the official word says

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21 comments

  • Haxorz - October 18, 2010 10:15 p.m.

    Thanks to ssx I learned how to snowboard actually, it also gave me some bitchin' tunes....
  • darkmagshin - June 25, 2010 10:34 p.m.

    ssx was probably my favorite game of the last generation, come to think of it. YEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH NEW SSX NOWWWW captcha: 20 seedless
  • joecool2992 - June 25, 2010 9:55 p.m.

    well, my favorite racing game ever was need for speed hot pursuit 2 and Criterion is making a reboot of that. if they make an ssx tricky reboot also....i could die happy
  • philipshaw - June 25, 2010 10:22 a.m.

    I would love for this to happen, I'm such a huge SSX fan and I'm still playing SSX3 now on my HDTV and that game still looks great
  • Spybreak8 - June 25, 2010 8:58 a.m.

    I grew up with that game, played SSX3 in high school and then a lot more in college with my roommates. A HD tweaked port of SSX3 is all I'm asking. I love DJ Atomika and I thought it was cool that I heard that in Burnout Paradise as well (the advantage to gaming with headphones on).
  • QWERTYCommander - June 25, 2010 5:07 a.m.

    Blur was shit. I do agree, keep motion controls AWAY.
  • evilpacman18 - June 24, 2010 11:59 p.m.

    "Keep motion control the hell away from it." ^THIS THIS THIS
  • QWERTYCommander - June 24, 2010 9:30 p.m.

    The only SSX games I played were Tricky, On Tour and Blur, and judging by those, yes, I do want another SSX. Probably with the same style of music for On Tour, combined with the gameplay of Tricky and 3, and SSX 4 would be AMAZING.
  • N24K - June 24, 2010 8:16 p.m.

    I want ssx tricky back in glorious HD PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Jez7 - June 24, 2010 6:18 p.m.

    I couldn't agree more. SSX revolutionised extreme sports and winter games. It was exiting, appealing and ANYONE could play it. The simple fact is that there's NO WAY that EA will bring out a new SSX WITHOUT motion control... expecially with Move. Not that you won't be able to play it normally, but drawing trick shapes and carving powder is just something they will think 'clicks'. Having said that, any SSX game (especially made my Criterion) would make me cream cakes... a solid soundtrack, loads of routes, downloadable mountains, 16-player races, festivals, winter games, create-a-boarder.. if they did it right, it would be the best sports game ever made. I had hoped for something out of E3.. but alas. Still, here's hoping... perhaps we should start a petition.
  • Fmrfox - June 24, 2010 6:07 p.m.

    SSX is fun, but being a snowboarder I would rather have a realistic snowboarding game that is basically skate on a snowboard. Stoked was ok but didn't have a very big developer/ production value so it was glitchy. Plus it was ALL backcounty, which is fun but you need ski hills/park in there too.
  • VyseTheTetrisdork - June 24, 2010 6:03 p.m.

    I miss SSX. 3 was truly the best of the series and was disappointed with the Wii's SSX Blur. Thank for reminding me how awesome the series is and for making me hunt down SSX 3 for the Xbox so that I can play it on my 360.
  • SirDinkleman - June 24, 2010 5:54 p.m.

    A new SSX would sure hit the spot right about now, I miss Mac's annoying street talk, but I hope they bring back a lot more of the characters from tricky and the first game. (Maybe even ALL of them????)
  • smackage - June 24, 2010 4:41 p.m.

    Riding endless backcountry and nailing tricks that only read as ??? on the bottom of the screen while shoving other riders to their doom always puts a smile on my face.
  • ayoyo227 - June 24, 2010 4:13 p.m.

    This would make my life, i remember going to my friends house to play this. I would pre-order this in a second. But knowing todays devs i have a feeling there's going to be something wrong with it if they make it.
  • grizzly311 - June 24, 2010 3:50 p.m.

    I know it won't/can't happen, but wouldn't be interesting to see what Platinum games would do with this franchise. Just a thought.
  • GR_DavidHoughton - June 24, 2010 2:59 p.m.

    Freduer, you had me worried there for a second. Good save.
  • Fredeur - June 24, 2010 2:37 p.m.

    I have to disagree with David, a SSX HD would not be one of the pinnacles of human achievement thus far, it would be THE pinnacle of human achievement thus far.
  • willyfoureyes - June 24, 2010 2:22 p.m.

    I agree. Since a new NBA Jam game is on the horizon, I think the time would be appropriate for SSX to make a comeback.
  • suicidalstickman - June 24, 2010 2:16 p.m.

    I miss the SSX's, if the new ones anything near to tricky it'll be amazing. I should never have sold it really.

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