SSX Tricky turns 20 this year. The iconic PlayStation 2 snowboard game has long been considered one of the most popular extreme sports games on the market, and fans have been clamoring for an official remake for years.
The bad news is that we’re not any closer to this remaster. The good news is that Steve Rechtschaffner, who worked as executive producer on the first three SSX games, is working on a brand new arcade-based sports game that will share some DNA with the classic franchise.
Speaking to Laptop Mag, Rechtschaffner said the upcoming game has a working title called Project Gravity. It will be a free-to-play live service snowboard title from Rechtschaffner’s team at Supernatural Studios. Expect a ton of modern elements like the same kind of silky smooth arcade snowboarding you remember, as well as more social features and trail building. We should also point out that the development phase of the game is early.
Rechtschaffner plans to release and develop Project Gravity with a smaller amount of content as a free-to-play game. “It wouldn’t be like we are selling a retail game because if we do our job right, most of these courses and experiences have a deep reproducibility through progress and competition,” he said. Through this live service model, it hopes to deliver new content, course items, locations, characters, live events, and a variety of other fun and unexpected favors.
Of course, fans desperately want it to be like SSX, while Rechtschaffner wants you to know at the end of the day that it’s a different beast.
Maybe it’s not the SSX Tricky remaster you crave in your heart, but as those who have missed out on a good snowboarding game for so long, Project Gravity will probably be greeted with excitement.