The new city of Port Carverton opens its doors to careful skaters next week, when EA drops a single and multiplayer demo for Skate 3 onto Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network.

Skate 3 hits North American retailers on May 11, but skateboarding fans can get an early taste on April 15, when EA open up Port Carverton's University District to hordes of unruly board riders. Players can learn the basics with the Skate School featuring Coach Frank, and then take their newly-acquired skills online in challenges including Domination, Own the Lot, and everybody's favorite way to hurt yourself, the fabled Hall of Meat.

Players can even personalize the University District with 24 different items, using the game's new object dropper.

Considering I normally buy a Skate title, play it for a few hours, and then slide it into my collection, never to be heard from again, it sounds like this demo should do me right. Thanks, EA!