A spiritual successor to X-Wing Vs TIE Fighter? Star Wars: Squadrons is EA’s latest offering.
Ever since the demise of Lucasarts, Star Wars games have been rather light. Once Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012, they handed the licence rights over to Electronic Arts. In the last eight years we’ve had three games, Star Wars: Battlefront, Battlefront II and Star Wars: Jedi – Fallen Order.
These games have been fairly well-received, except for Battlefront II which EA took enormous flak because of its loot crate system which they had to deactivate permanently to quell the backlash.
Forth time’s the charm? Here is Star Wars: Squadrons, the latest offering from EA Motive, the studios behind Battlefront II. Hang on, lets not write this one off just yet.
Set just after the events of Return of the Jedi, this game’s primary focus is Rebel Alliance vs the Imperial Navy in 5v5 multiplayer action.
There will of course be the classic death match mode but also options including Fleet Battles where each teams must try to destroy the opposing capital starship.
But it’s not all about the multiplayer, a single player story campaign featuring both Rebels and Imperials is also included that runs for several hours.
Star Wars: Squadrons will also be playable in VR on both PC and PlayStation VR. This isn’t just a few missions either, VR support runs for 100% of the game.
Whilst this announcement trailer is very cinematic and uses the in game engine, there is no actual game-play footage on show. We will be able to see more of the game via EA Play on June 18, 4PM PT, 00:00 GMT.
Star Wars: Squadrons will be released for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC on October 2nd.