Sony and its publishing partners have been bringing classic PS2 games to the PS4. Titles include hit franchises like Grand Theft Auto, BullyTwisted Metal: Black and many more. When these titles are added isn’t exactly on a given pattern, but We Write Things is willing to wager classic SSX games will be popping up on PS4 this coming winter.

The last SSX game that came from EA was 2012’s PS3 and Xbox 360 release, SSX. Before that iteration, you have to go all the way back to 2007’s SSX Blur.

EA’s SSX franchise has some classic hits, with perhaps SSX Tricky being the most memorable of them all. In total, there are six entries that have been released. Those include SSX, Tricky, SSX 3, On Tour, Blur and 2012’s SSX.

Since then, not a single peep has come from the franchise and there’s serious doubt surrounding whether or not a new iteration will ever arrive again. Whether or not there will be a new SSX is not why we’re chatting today though. We’re here to talk about the past SSX iterations that We Write Things believes will come to PS4 this winter.

Falling from massive heights in EA's 2012 game, SSX (Courtesy of EA).
Falling from massive heights in EA’s 2012 game, SSX (Courtesy of EA).

Ubisoft is in the process of getting ready to launch their new winter sports title, Steep. The open-world game will feature activities such as snowboarding, skiing, wingsuiting and paragliding. Steep is currently set to launch this coming Dec. 2 on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

In an attempt to steal some of the thunder from Steep‘s upcoming launch, We Write Things is predicting at least SSX Tricky, if not SSX 3 and SSX On Tour, will arrive on PS4 around that same time. Fans of the SSX brand still love the series and really, there’s little competition on PS4 for that type of game.

Yes, Steep will be said competition, however, EA will most likely put the game out on PS4 prior to Steep‘s launch. It’s a brilliant opportunity for EA to coattail this bitch. Why shouldn’t they ride Steep’s wave of hype leading up to launch? SSX has a strong fanbase and one that will be interested in Steep.

Depending on who you ask, the upcoming game’s recent beta didn’t impress everyone who experienced it. Again, it’s a perfect time for EA to insert a proven, popular title onto the PS4 and steal some sales from Steep.

Art released from EA prior to launch of SSX in 2012 (Courtesy of EA).
Art released from EA prior to launch of SSX in 2012 (Courtesy of EA).

Additional evidence that points to multiple SSX iterations arriving on PS4 is how other publishers have treated the emulation program. Take a look at brands like Grand Theft AutoApe Escape and Destroy All Humans. Each of these three IPs had multiple iterations brought over from PS2 to PS4.

On a side note, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the classic PS2 franchise added to Xbox One’s backwards compatibility program in the coming weeks as well. It is incredibly exciting that the winter sports genre is receiving a new brand in the form of Steep. The last iteration we saw of any kind was SSX, which debuted in 2012.

While a new iteration in the winter sports genre is long overdue, the arrival of Ubisoft’s Steep will present a brilliant opportunity for EA to bring the brand to PS4 to snipe some of the new IPs hype. Stick around here at We Write Things for more on video games.

About Steve Ruygrok

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