Space battles between starships like X-wings and TIE fighters are an iconic part of Star Wars. EA Motive has doubled down on that particular aspect of the series and unveiled Star Wars: Squadrons, a game that's all about taking down enemy pilots in deadly chases and dogfights.
With a lower-than-normal launch price and a variety of consumer-friendly features, Star Wars: Squadrons is looking to be everything aspiring pilots could hope for. Here's everything you need to know about Star Wars: Squadrons.
What is Star Wars: Squadrons?
Star Wars: Squadrons is a new game developed by EA Motive, the developers who worked on the vehicle portions of Star Wars Battlefront II. It's a 5v5 multiplayer game, though there's also a campaign. Players can join the New Republic's Vanguard Squadron or the Empire's Titan Squadron.
Star Wars: Squadrons trailers
You can take a look at the Star Wars: Squadrons reveal trailer below:
Star Wars: Squadrons gameplay and features
Gameplay for Star Wars: Squadrons was revealed at EA Play Live on June 18. So far, we know that there's a single-player campaign and a 5v5 multiplayer. There are also multiple different classes of starships, each of which can play different roles. In a fight, you'll need to balance power between the various systems. Maxing out power to a particular system grants a bonus ability not otherwise available, but the more power on one system, the less that's available for others.
- If you max power to Shields, you unlock Overshielding.
- Maxing power on Weapons gives you Overcharged lasers.
- Maxing the Engines grants a Speed Boost.
- Ships that don't have Shields get a Power Converter.
You can check out the gameplay trailer from EA Play Live right here:
Here's everything else we know about the gameplay.
- The game is being developed by EA Motive.
- Star Wars: Squadrons supports full cross-play.
- There are two multiplayer game modes: Dogfight and Fleet Battles.
- There are four classes of starships so far: Fighter, Support, Bomber, and Interceptor.
- Both the New Republic and Imperial forces have four starships right now; here's the full list of starships in Star Wars: Squadrons.
- Six maps have been confirmed so far for the list of maps and locations in Star Wars: Squadrons.
- The Star Wars: Squadrons PC requirements have been detailed.
- You can use a joystick, meaning you can experience some of the best Xbox One HOTAS controllers with Star Wars: Squadrons.
Meanwhile, there's also extensive customization. You can alter the different components in your starship, of which there are six or seven slots:
- Primary Weapons
- Auxiliary (x2)
There are two basic types of components: passive components and active components. The latter can be further broken down into primary weapons, auxiliary components, and countermeasures.
There's also cosmetic customization, as you can alter your pilot's appearance, customize the cockpit, and give your ship a new paint job. These are unlocked with Requisition points and Glory points.
Is Star Wars: Squadrons canon?
Yes. The story of Star Wars: Squadrons is canonical and is not part of the Extended Universe, which is now classified as Star Wars Legends.
Is Star Wars: Squadrons cross-platform?
Yes. One of the big marketing points for this game is that it supports full cross-platform play. You can play with your friends regardless of who is on Xbox One, PC, or PS4.
Does Star Wars: Squadrons have Xbox Series X support?
Does Star Wars: Squadrons support VR?
Yes, if you have a PSVR headset or PC VR headset, you'll be able to play Star Wars: Squadrons entirely in VR.
What is the Star Wars: Squadrons release date?
Star Wars: Squadrons released on October 2, 2020. It's also going to be available for $40, not the standard $60. It's available on Xbox One, PS4, and PC. In our review, editor Russell Holly found it to be an incredible experience.
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