Electronic Arts has announced a new space sim set in the Star Wars universe, Squadrons. It's set at the end of the original movie trilogy and follows both Rebel and Empire pilots in first person space combat. There's a story rooted in the events of that era as well as a big 10-person multiplayer component. It comes to all major platforms in October at just $40.Hopefully this does well. We have to wait a few more days to see the big gameplay reveal, but what's visible in the trailer looks pretty sharp. Games where you fly spaceships are obviously fantastic by default, and it seems like they might have a winner here. At first glance, it might seem like Wing Commander is even further pushed to the side with EA taking full advantage of the Star Wars license, but it's more complicated than that. If they can find a particular angle to slightly differentiate a series, the modern EA doesn't seem to have an issue with 'competing' franchises in a genre (Battlefield is a traditional shooter compared to Apex Legends' free-to-play battle royale model versus Anthem's RPG-shooter style). And with the Mass Effect series being mostly sidelined lately, Wing Commander isn't too far down the chain of sci-fi properties that they own. Command & Conquer Remaster also seems to be doing quite well, which is another win for classic '90s franchises.
Buckle up, take full control of starfighters such as the X-wing and TIE fighter, and feel the adrenaline of strategic first-person 5v5 multiplayer dogfights alongside your squadron.
In a fateful campaign set near the conclusion of the Galactic Civil War, learn what it means to be a pilot in a thrilling STAR WARS™ single-player story. The New Republic fights for freedom. The Empire demands order. We need you to join the galaxy’s finest. STAR WARS™: Squadrons is available October 2, 2020 on PlayStation®4, Xbox One, Origin PC, Steam, Epic Games Store, and Virtual Reality (VR) on PlayStation 4 and PC with cross-play support.
Tune in to EA Play on June 18, 4PM PT to watch the gameplay world premiere of STAR WARS™: Squadrons.
About STAR WARS™: Squadrons:
ALL WINGS REPORT IN – Plan skirmishes with your squadron in the briefing room before taking off to the evolving battlefields across the galaxy. Compete in intense 5v5 multiplayer dogfights or unite with your squadron to tip the scales in monumental fleet battles. Together, you’re the galaxy’s finest.
MASTER LEGENDARY STARFIGHTERS – Take control of different classes of starfighters from both the New Republic and Imperial fleets – including the agile A-wing and the devastating TIE bomber. Modify your ship, divert the power between its systems, and destroy your opponents in strategic space dogfights.
GET IN THE COCKPIT – The cockpit is your home. Use its dashboards to your advantage and – with just a thin hull of metal and glass between you and the perils of space – feel the intensity of combat from a first-person perspective. Take off in thrilling multiplayer modes and a unique single-player Star Wars story, which covers a key campaign near the conclusion of the Galactic Civil War. Immerse yourself in the pilot’s seat completely with the option to play the entirety of Star Wars: Squadrons in Virtual Reality on PlayStation 4 and PC.
THE MISSION IS CLEAR – Star Wars: Squadrons is a fully self-contained experience from day one, where you earn rewards through play. Climb the ranks and unlock new components like weapons, hulls, engines, shields, and cosmetic items in a clear path for progression that keeps gameplay fresh and engaging.