With a lot of very passionate SSX fans eagerly awaiting the rebirth of the franchise, we know fans are always looking for new information as we’ve seen a ton of questions being asked. Taken directly from the questions you ask us on Facebook, we’ll select a set of questions each week and the SSX development team will answer them. Ladies and gentleman, welcome to the first SSX Community Question Session!
Remember you may see some questions you already know the answers to, but for every person who knows the answer, there are probably five or ten that don’t. That being said, here are this week’s questions:
1. Can you create a character like SSX On Tour?
No, early on we made a decision that we wouldn’t be supporting a create-a-character feature. When we were developing SSX, we pulled a lot of our inspiration from SSX Tricky and SSX 3, and both of those amazing games emphasized IP characters over giving players a create-a-character option. So, we decided to focus our efforts on making our IP characters as good as they can possibly be. Having said that, if we get the chance to make another SSX someday and our fans told us they really wanted a create-character option, we could definitely explore it.
2. Can I drop at the top of a mountain and ride anywhere I want all the way to the bottom?
Yes, assuming you don’t ride off a cliff. Our mountains are completely open with multiple paths to the bottom. If you see it, you can ride it. When you choose a mountain that you want to drop onto, you choose where on that mountain you want to drop (drop points are pre-selected on our end). From that drop point you are able to ride anywhere you want to on the way down to the bottom of the mountain. Some of our larger mountains are incredibly wide and offer a huge number of possible paths from top to bottom, while others are naturally more constricted through valleys and canyons.
3. Can you create a lobby for friends only?
Well, we don’t have lobbies in our game, but yes you are able to set up custom global events at every drop point in the SSX universe and just invite your friends. That will allow you and your friends to ride down the mountain together without other random riders dropping in. You can also set your own rules and options for custom global events.
4. Any chance of the awesome DJ Atomika?
Yes. We can confirm that DJ Atomika will have a role to play in the new SSX. He won’t be the voice that will be with you as you ride down the mountain – that is reserved for chopper pilots and your own character – but he will play a small part in our Campaign Mode helping to set up and drive our fiction.
5. Will SSX support custom soundtracks?
Yes. You can import your own soundtracks in the game. If you liked the soundtrack from Tricky or SSX3 just load it onto your 360/PS3 and listen to that while playing the new SSX. Even cooler (at least we think), the game will remix your custom soundtrack in real-time based on how you play. This is possible because of all-new tech that we’re building at EA called Harmony. We hope you guys dig that feature.