Skateboarding games are back! Sort of. Session, the trick boardin’ game from Crea-Ture Studios, is out in open beta on Steam Early Access.

In the early 2000s, skateboarding games were huge….not so much today. Session wants to recapture and possibly bring back that old market. In contrast to the wild and crazy Tony Hawk wannabes of that era, though, Session aims for realism — to capture what the skateboarding culture was and is truly like.

Session lets players experience what skateboarding is really like — an incredible culture where there are no goals other than expressing your creativity and achieving success through hard work, perseverance and a bit of madness. This is the most authentic and grounded skateboarding game yet: Session is a conscious move away from arcade-style skateboarding games. This is no place for button-mashers!

Session’s early access debut stars a 1:1 scale environment of New York’s lower Manhattan, featuring the legendary Brooklyn Banks and the surrounding Financial District. Throughout early access, creā-ture will work with the community’s feedback to expand the game to include some of the world’s most legendary skate spots. Filming has always been a major part of skateboarding culture, so Session also features an extended in-game video editor that allows players to create and share their own trick reels and montages.

Wait’ll you hear how Session controls. On a typical controller you have two sticks. In Session each stick controls one of your feet. How’s THAT for realism? Does it even work? We’ll find out.

The environment you get to skate in is a recreation of an actual place: lower Manhattan’s Brooklyn Banks and the surrounding Financial District. Pull off fancy moves and you’ll be able to show them off with the extended video editor that lets you control the angles, stitch together montages, and spit them out as VHS-style videos (this takes place in the past).

You can skate around with Session today on Steam Early Access for $19.99. Next stop: XBox One, via XBox Game Preview. Crea-Ture will have more details about that particular launch later.

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