In an era when Tony Hawk's skateboarding game franchise seems to have fizzled out, EA's Skate series arrived to carry the torch in a brand new way. The original Skate, Skate 2 and Skate 3 all received high praise from critics and fans alike, so it's honestly a little surprising we haven't seen the announcement of Skate 4.

That being said, those who loved playing Skate on the Xbox 360 now have the next best thing to a new entry in the franchise. According to an image on the Xbox 360 dashboard (first spotted by Reddit user SanitaryGecko), Skate 3 is joining the ever growing list of Xbox 360 games that are playable on Xbox One. The game has been listed as being "in progress" for backward compatibility for a while now after it gained more than 30,000 votes via Microsoft's backwards compatibility survey. It's unclear if the image declaring Skate 3 as backward compatible is a leak, went live early or some other mixup. Expect an official announcement from Microsoft one way or another soon.

Update: Microsoft has confirmed that the game is now backwards compatible. Yay!

As a bonus, Skate 3 is also currently on sale for $9.99 for Xbox Live Gold members. Buying the game digitally through Xbox.com or the Xbox 360 will make it instantly downloadable and playable on the Xbox One, no disc required. The game's San Van Party Pack DLC is also free as of writing, sweetening this deal even more.

Could this mean more Skate news in on the horizon? Possibly. It wouldn't be the first time a game going backwards compatible has been used to gauge interest in the future of a dormant series, but it seems unlikely fans will get Skate 4 anytime soon. Make it happen EA!

Other recent titles added to Xbox One backwards compatibility include both Mass Effect 2 and 3, as well as Blue Dragon and Limbo. More than 200 Xbox 360 games are currently playable on Xbox One, with more being added each month. Other popular games to become backwards compatible in recent months include Red Dead Redemption and Call of Duty 3. It seems Microsoft is picking up the pace when it comes to adding more playable 360 games for Xbox One, and that's definitely a good thing. Here's hoping they tackle some of the most wanted games on the list, like the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Trilogy, Bioshock trilogy and more soon.

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