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 that 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 being 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, here's the list of maps and locations in Star Wars: Squadrons.
- The Star Wars: Squadrons PC requirements have been detailed.
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 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 is set to release on October 2, 2020. It's also going to be available for $40, not the standard $60. It'll be released on Xbox One, PC, and PS4.
5v5, Empire vs New Republic
Star Wars: Squadrons places players in Vanguard Squadron or Titan Squadron with vicious dogfights and a variety of different starships. It's even got full cross-play, so you can play with your friends no matter where you buy it.
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