EA Announces Star Wars: Squadrons, a New Spaceflight Focused Star Wars Game
There are A LOT of Star Wars games, blanketing pretty much every aspect of the series' universe imaginable. One area that's been covered a few times is the space combat; ever since the original films' debut, fans have always wondered what it would be like to fly in those very same ships. It's been a while since we had a spaceflight-focused Star Wars game, but that's all about to change later this year with the recent announcement of Star Wars: Squadrons, a game coming to us from Star Wars partner EA. Developed by Motive Studios, Star Wars: Squadrons is a first-person shooter that puts you in the role of a pilot in the Star Wars' universe. According to EA, the game will feature both a single-player and a multiplayer.
"We created this game for every Star Wars fan who has ever dreamt about soaring across the galaxy in their favorite starfighter," Motive Studios Creative Director Ian Frazier stated. "Through the collaboration of the teams at Motive and Lucasfilm, we've been able to create a high-fidelity starfighter experience with an authentic storyline that invites Star Wars fans to explore never-before-seen corners of the galaxy in their own ship." As far as the single-player story goes, the game takes place during the era of decline for the Empire following the events of Episode VI. The story is split into two halves: One where you play as a pilot from the New Republic's Vanguard Squadron, and one where you play as one from the Galactic Empire's Titan Squadron. Both pilots are customizable, though according to the team, familiar faces from the series will make appearances throughout the storyline.
As for the multiplayer, matches are split up 5v5, and two modes are available from the outset: Fleet Battles and Dogfights. The latter is more what you might expect from a game of this nature, requiring you to shoot down as many enemy ships as possible. Fleet Battles, on the other hand, will task you with destroying the opposing team's flagship, all the while contending with enemy ships. Ships are customizable as well, and careful planning will go into what class each ship is in a team formation. Further upgrades and aesthetic goodies can be unlocked as you play. The game will also feature a VR mode exclusive to the PlayStation and PC versions, which is sure to be a natural fit for something like ship piloting, a popular staple in the VR game libraries. Crossplay support is thankfully available right from the outset, so everyone can play with their friends no matter what platform they choose.
Star Wars: Squadrons is set to release on October 2nd later this year, and it's going to run you $39.99. You can pick it up for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or Windows PC via Steam, Origin, or the Epic Games Store. Origin subscribers will net some additional perks upon the game's launch, including a 10-hour free trial of the game that culminates in a 10% discounted purchase on the full product if you end up liking it. EA promises to show the game in action during their upcoming EA Play event, which is scheduled for June 18th at 7pm EDT. The event is one of many that was pushed further back in the wake of the US protests for George Floyd. EA Play promises a night of "world premieres, news, and more!" though the specifics on it aren't known just yet. One thing's for sure, though: Expect Squadrons to make an appearance. There are sure to be quite a few announcements for sports game fans as well. You can catch a glimpse of Squadrons in the reveal trailer down below, which focuses heavily on the story side of things.