Today EA gave us our first look at a brand new “Star Wars” game coming later this year, and it’s all about space combat with “Star Wars: Squadrons”!
You can check out the reveal trailer for the game in the video above.
“Star Wars: Squadrons” will release on October 2nd for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC for $39.99, and will feature first-person action in 5v5 multiplayer, as well as a single player story mode that takes place after “Return of the Jedi.”
Here are some more details on the game from StarWars.com:
The first Star Wars space combat game to be released in years, Star Wars: Squadrons will feature deep craft customization, in-depth strategy, and gripping gameplay modes. In Star Wars: Squadrons players will enlist as starfighter pilots, stepping into the cockpits of legendary starfighters from both the New Republic and Imperial fleets. They’ll plan skirmishes with their squadron in the briefing room before taking off to space battles across the galaxy. Players will engage in strategic 5v5 multiplayer space battles with the goal of demolishing the opposing flagship in Fleet Battles and feel the rush of first-person multiplayer combat as they work with their squadron and execute the best tactics to defeat as many opponents as possible in Dogfights. Pilots will triumph as a team, adjusting the composition of their squadrons to suit their playstyles as they progress, crushing their opponents and completing objectives across known and never-before-seen locations, including the gas giant of Yavin Prime and the shattered moon of Galitan. Presented in first-person, Star Wars: Squadrons is truly immersive, and gamers can play it entirely in virtual reality on PlayStation 4 and PC.
As players move up the ranks, they’ll earn components to modify and enhance their starfighters such as weapons, hulls, engines and shields; gain cosmetic items to customize their cockpit, ship exteriors, flight suits and helmets; and receive bonuses, all unlocked via gameplay, in a clear path for progression. In addition, players will be able to squad up with their friends and play against others, regardless of platform, as crossplay will be supported on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, and VR.
Star Wars: Squadrons will also feature a single-player story that brings to life events following the Battle of Endor when the Rebel Alliance has successfully destroyed the Death Star II. Through the story, players will learn what it means to be a pilot as they battle from the alternating perspectives of two customizable pilots, one serving in the New Republic’s heroic Vanguard Squadron, while the other fights for the Galactic Empire’s fearsome Titan Squadron. The authentic story features a diverse cast of original characters, as well as some cameos from familiar faces in the Star Wars galaxy.
It’s been awhile since we’ve had a full blown space combat “Star Wars” game, so I’m definitely excited to play “Star Wars: Squadrons.” But with the $39.99 price tag, it would probably be best to keep expectations in check with the length and amount of content included in the game at launch.