EA has introduced a brand new Star Wars recreation, Star Wars: Squadrons, a first-person house fight recreation that can have gamers flying the collection’s well-known starfighters in head-to-head single-player and multiplayer battles.
Developed by Motive Montreal (which beforehand contributed to each Battlefront II and Anthem), Squadrons will let gamers fly a wide range of Star Wars ships, together with the X-Wing, A-Wing, Y-Wing, U-Wing, TIE Fighter, TIE Interceptor, TIE Bomber, and TIE Reaper fighters.
EA received’t be revealing gameplay till the corporate’s EA Play Live event on June 18th at 4PM PT / 7PM ET, but it surely guarantees a wide range of multiplayer modes, together with “Fleet Battles,” the place the objective is to work together with your teammates to destroy a capital ship, in addition to extra conventional dogfighting mode.
Star Wars: Squadrons additionally reveals that EA has realized some appreciable classes from the loot box debacle that marred the first several months of Star Wars: Battlefront II. Whereas the sport will supply extension customization choices for each gameplay-altering gadgets like weapons, hulls, engines, and shields in addition to a wide range of cosmetics to customise their cockpit, ship, and pilot look, the corporate guarantees that all the pieces can be “earned solely by way of gameplay.”
One other welcome enchancment: cross-platform assist, with multiplayer supported between gamers on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Squadrons may also be suitable with VR headsets on PC and the PlayStation Four for gamers who need much more immersion.
Whereas the main target with Squadrons appears to be largely on multiplayer, the sport may also characteristic a brand new single-player marketing campaign, set after the Battle of Endor, which can put gamers into the sneakers of pilots from each the New Republic’s Vanguard Squadron and the Galactic Empire’s Titan Squadron.
Squadrons really leaked a number of months in the past underneath the title “Project Maverick” after which once more when a banner for the sport was unintentionally posted to Microsoft’s Xbox web site forward of the announcement, however at this time’s announcement marks the formal reveal of the title.
Whereas latest Star Wars titles (like Star Wars: Battlefront II) have put gamers within the cockpits of X-Wings, TIE Fighters, and different iconic autos from the franchise, it’s been over a decade since there was a serious Star Wars recreation dedicated to house battles, the newest being 2003’s Star Wars Rogue Squadron III: Insurgent Strike for the Nintendo GameCube. However there’s an extended pedigree of starfighter fight video games within the Star Wars franchise, most famously lead by the X-Wing and TIE Fighter video games launched for PC within the 1990s that targeted on extra “reasonable” house fight.
We’ll nonetheless have to attend for gameplay to get a greater concept, however the give attention to completely first-person dogfighting may imply that that is the trendy successor to the X-Wing franchise that followers have been ready for.
Star Wars: Squadrons is about to be launched on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on October 2nd for $39.99. EA has but to announce whether or not it’ll offer a next-gen model of Squadrons for the upcoming PlayStation 5 and Xbox Collection X this fall.