When it comes to sheer thrills and outrageously satisfying mountaintop madness, it’s hard to top Electronic Arts’ snowboarding franchise SSX. I can’t tell you how much time I sunk into SSX Tricky, precisely because the game was fun as hell and had great presentation. Now, even though the series did make the jump to the next-gen back in 2007 with the Nintendo Wii installment, SSX Blur, it has yet to appear on the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3. And unfortunately, it looks like it could be a while before it does too.
When Gamesindustry.biz spoke with EA Montreal general manager Alain Tascan about revisiting the series again, Tascan said:
“It's a little bit early to talk about it, but I feel... I know internally it is a franchise that people love because it was successful and good, and it reminds me of when we were young, and I feel if the market is there and is ready for a new one then we'll consider it.”
Now, while fans would probably appreciate a next-gen SSX game that operated using a standard controller, I have a feeling that EA Montreal might be planning to build the next SSX title around Microsoft’s motion-control technology Project Natal. Obviously, this is just a hunch, but it would help explain Tascan’s “when the market is ready for it” comment, and the game's already received one motion-controlled iteration. Why not another? Either way though, it looks like SSX fans have a cold, cold wait ahead of them.
What did you think of SSX Blur? Would you prefer a more traditional SSX game, or would you like to see a Natal-ized version?