This morning, Electronic Arts revealed that their latest Star Wars game Star Wars: Squadrons will officially be released on October 2nd, 2020. In what looks like one of the best Star Wars games we've seen in a while, you'll be part of a squadron taking part in 5-v-5 dogfights. This includes magnificent and pivotal fleet battles between the Galactic Empire and the New Republic. This will be an original story told within days of the former falling and the new one rising, following the events of Star Wars: Return Of The Jedi. Players will move up the ranks and earn components such as weapons, hulls, engines, and shields to customize their starfighters. You can also gain cosmetic items to customize your cockpit, ship exteriors, and appearance of your pilot. In essence, it's kind of like MechWarrior, but with a Star Wars theme. You can also squad up with friends and play against others as cross-play will be supported on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and VR units. You can check out the trailer below along with screenshots and a ton of information from today's announcement.
In Star Wars: Squadrons, players will enlist as starfighter pilots, stepping into the cockpits of iconic starfighters from both the New Republic and Imperial fleets. They'll plan skirmishes with their squadron in the briefing room before taking off for 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 will feel the rush of first-person multiplayer combat as they work with their squadron 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.
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.
"We created this game for every Star Wars fan who has ever dreamt about soaring across the galaxy in their favorite starfighter," said Ian Frazier, Creative Director, Motive Studios. "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. We're excited to show all this in action this week at EA Play Live."