Bummer! Hopes for a Valentines day full of snow-blanketed gaming bliss have just gone right out the window, now that EA Sports has postponed the release of SSX from February 14 to February 28 in North America, March 2 everywhere else.

Granted, two weeks isn’t a drastic delay, though after watching the brand new gameplay trailer for SSX, any wait at all seems much, much too long.

It’s been a long road for SSX, from its underwhelming reveal on the 2010 Spike VGAs up to the triumphant announcement that RUN-D.M.C.’s  “It’s Tricky” is returning to the series. SSX Creative Director Todd Batty broke the news of the game’s delay to fans on the SSX Blog.

“I wanted to let you all know firsthand that we recently decided to take a couple of extra weeks to give our game the final bit of polish we think it deserves. This means that we won’t be shipping the game to you until Feb. 28 in North America and Mar. 2 in the rest of the world. We hope that given how long you have waited for SSX to come back, you won’t mind waiting just a little bit longer.”

“Over the course of more than 10 years of making games I have not worked on a single project where our team did not wish, coming down the home stretch, that we could have just a bit more time. Time to do all the little things that may not be noticeable during the first hour or two playing the game, but are appreciated over the course of days, weeks, months and beyond.”

“SSX was one of the games that always took the time to do exactly that. There is a reason why Tricky and SSX3 are still among the highest rated games of all time, and it is because even playing them today they still stand the test of time. Our goal from Day 1 was to re-launch this amazing franchise with a new SSX game that could live up to that legacy.”

It’s absolutely true that SSX Tricky and (especially for this author) SSX 3 remain among the most playable and polished of all last gen games. In fact, downloadable HD updates — along the lines of what Activision is doing with Tony Hawk Pro Skater HD — would be most welcome. That said, once players go hands on with the new game, there might not be any going back

Take a look at the first SSX gameplay trailer below.

The lighting is gorgeous, the courses are insane, and the flow of tricks and racing looks perfect — at long last, the new game looks just like SSX, and in the best ways possible! In fact, other than a slightly cluttered user interface that takes a bit away from the grandeur of the environments, the new trailer shows a game that should more than please longtime fans. Meanwhile, SSX’s massive world and 100,000 events should help encourage a new generation of players to give virtual snowboarding a try.

Ranters, what do you think of the first SSX gameplay video? Are you excited for the series’ return?

SSX releases February 28, 2012, in North America, March 2, 2012, for the rest of the world, on Xbox 360 and PS3.

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Source: SSX Blog

tags: EA Sports, PS3, SSX

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