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Speculation is rampant that a new game in the SSX series is in the works after internet sleuths spotted EA- registered domains relating to the arcade snowboarding franchise.

EA registered five new SSX-related domain names (all spotted by superannuation), which suggest a game called SSX: Deadly Descent exists somewhere deep within the confines of the mega publisher.

One domain registered is for something called SSX First Descent – could that be a handheld and/or Wii version?

The last game in the series, SSX Blur, disappointed. Tom awarded it 6/10 for Eurogamer.

We'll have a chinwag with EA and see what's what.


I'm very afraid this'll turn out to be just for a mobile game of sorts. sad.gif

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What happened to the Amped franchise? Was that put to sleep after the lackluster third installment? I absolutely loved the first one.

Amped 2 is still probably my favourite snowboarding game. It's not perfect but it nails the feel.

ssx isn't nearly as good as a snowboarding game but it's a good series.

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Is this in preparation for Criterion to reveal that other game they have in the works not called NFS, their name has been attached to this rumoured game for a while now.

Amped seems to be dead, Microsoft sold it off to Take Two and they closed the developer ages ago.

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I'd love to see a proper new SSX game. Fingers crossed.

What he said x100. However, more fun as in the original SSX, over the top like the ones that came just after that or more sim-like like SSX4?

I think as close to the first one in feel as possible.

I may have meant SSX3 there. In fact, I have totally forgotten.

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Just to throw a spanner in the works I like the original the best.

good for you!

And I'm probably in a minority of one, but I liked SSX Blur best.

Best use of nunchuck on the Wii, combing the stick and tilt functions for lovely board carving down the slopes.

And making shapes in the air for ubers was some beautiful hardcore waggle shit. That was one of the most rewarding experiences I've had in gaming pulling those off.

I'm crossing my fingers that this has some nice waggle too.

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Electronic Arts hasn't released a console game in its once-great snowboarding and skiing series SSX since 2007's SSX Blur for the Wii. But from what we've heard out of the Great White North, a new SSX is well underway.

EA Canada has been working on a new SSX entry for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 for the past two years, according to a source familiar with development of the game. The next SSX, that source claims, will take the game "back to its roots," but feature controls similar to EA's Skate franchise, using a controller's right analog stick to perform tricks. Development of the game is said to be handled by much of the Skate team.

Electronic Arts registered new web site domains for the SSX franchise earlier this year, indicating that the title of that game could be SSX Deadly Descent or SSX First Descent.

Before that, online surveys were distributed targeted at fans of the SSX series that might tell us more about that game. While much of the survey (and the above artwork) distributed this summer said it "illustrates how the game might look and feel," it appeared that some features weren't final.

But the unnamed snowboarding game was described in the survey as "an intense, moment-to-moment battle against the forces created from riding your snowboard over the most spectacular and remote mountains on Earth." Gameplay involved "avoiding, out-running and even riding on top of massive avalanches; battling hurricane winds; white-outs; bitter cold; falling rocks; and gaping crevasses that open up at a moment's notice."

New and proposed features included the ability to "take part in helicopter drops and rescues, base-jumping, wingsuit/squirrel-suit flying, skyboarding, para-skiing, ice-climbing and more."

Could the new SSX game be the game teased as "The Planet" in anticipation of the Spike TV Video Game Awards, set to air later this week? Conventional wisdom pointed to that teaser as a Battlefield related, but its style and snowy substance could fit the snowboarding game surveyed earlier this year.

Consider these SSX tidbits rumor for now and the aforementioned survey may not officially be tied to SSX development, but pray for snow this weekend when the Spike VGAs air—hopefully with more clear information.


I'm not sure I'd like a Skate (or rather Amped) approach to the controls to be honest. The 'extra' features also sound a bit too much like 'not snowboarding'. We'll see what happens, but I really hope these are just rumours.

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Amazing news. Whatever dev they've got on it, theres one very important assest - gameplay aside...

They NEED to be working with DICE for their enviroment.

I'm not sure i like all those silly variables though.

The roots of SSX are, like NFS, about (virtigo enducing) exhileration. IMO Thats it. Thats all they need.

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back to the roots should be about twisty courses with alternative routes.

Didnt you use the right stick anyway for tricks? (and the shoulder buttons)

Shame it wasn't out for Christmas, fools!

Are any of the xbox1 SSX games backward compatible?

Forward compatible surely?

But yes, SSX3 is.

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