UPDATE: The demo is now live. Queue it up online so it's ready to download next time you power up. Chop, chop.

The first Skate made a huge mistake by not including the female gender in their create a skater, I'm not getting into that now simply read my previous post on the subject, however since Skate 2 does include this feature, the same innovative refreshing gameplay and added in some features such as free skate I will definately be picking this one up no ifs, ands or buts, save for the ladies. The demo hits Xbox Live tomorrow, January 8th, and PSN on January 15th, the game itself is out January 21st. Seeing as the first Skate was close to unenjoyable slash borderline unplayable due to horrendous framerate problems on PS3, the delay of the demo on PSN may be for the best. I'll be picking this up on Xbox 360. Check out the video above for details on the new online modes. Learning from Burnout Paradise's Easy Drive and renaming it free skate are we? Rad.

Here's the official press release.

Get on Board Early With the Skate 2 Demo on Xbox Live Marketplace and PlayStation Network

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Black Box, an Electronic Arts Inc. studio (NASDAQ: ERTS) announced today that the Skate 2 demo will hit Xbox Live Marketplace on January 8th and the PlayStation Network on January 15, 2009. The demo introduces players to the city of New San Vanelona where they can skate with style and individuality via access to the enhanced character customization tools. Gamers will get a first glimpse of the deep single-player story and exciting challenges in all-new locations. The Skate 2 demo will also feature two of the game’s online Party Play modes: Thrasher’s Hall of Meat and Spot Battle.

Skate 2 ups the ante in delivering all the grit, creativity and culture of skateboarding. Equipped with double the bag of tricks, players are tasked to rebuild their career and revive the skate scene. Now with the ability to get off-board and move objects, gamers can create their own epic spots and challenges, which can then be uploaded, shared and experienced by others around the world.

Skate 2 hits retailers in North America on January 21st, and worldwide on January 23, 2009 – making it one of the first must-have games of 2009. Skate 2 is developed by Black Box, a studio of Electronic Arts in Vancouver, British Columbia and will be available on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system and the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system. The game is rated “T” for Teen by the ESRB and is rated 16+ by PEGI.

Have fun out there you crazy ass bastards.