EA’s new Star Wars game seems to be the spiritual successor to X-Wing Vs. TIE Fighter, plus it’s got VR and cross-play support.
For the first time in a long while there’s going to be a standalone starfighter game set in the Star Wars universe, and it looks a lot more interesting than we were expecting.
It’s primarily a 5v5 multiplayer dogfighting game but also features an original single-player story set during the last days of the Galactic Empire, so a bit after Return of the Jedi and a bit before The Mandalorian.
It’ll be out on 2 October for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, but while those ‘game engine footage’ graphics look suspiciously next gen there doesn’t seem to be any mention of Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5 yet.
The initial information seems to imply two different multiplayer modes at first, with Fleet Battles involving one team trying to destroy the other’s capital ship and Dogfights being, well… you can guess really (hint: it doesn’t involve dogs).
Promised locations include Yavin Prime (the gas giant from the end of A New Hope) and the ‘shattered moon of Galitan’ which we think is new but is presumably the location from the beginning of the trailer.
EA are promising ‘rich cosmetic and gameplay customisation options with rewards and bonuses that are earned solely through gameplay’, implying they’ve learnt their loot box lesson from Battlefront 2.
What’s also good to hear is that the game will feature cross-play across all formats, including… VR!
The only curious thing is that the developer is EA Motive, who did the story campaign for Star Wars: Battlefront 2, and yet there doesn’t seem to be any mention of Criterion, who did the starfighter combat for Battlefront.
They also did the VR X-Wing mission, so surely their expertise would be useful here. Although who knows what goes on behind the scenes at EA.
Star Wars Squadrons is currently available to pre-order for a slightly less than full price £34.99.
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