EA officially announced Star Wars: Squadrons today, after teasing it a last week. There is also a release date, October 2nd, with the game being released on PS4, Xbox One and PC. EA also stated the game will be playable in VR on PS4 and PC, but didn’t specify which headsets would be supported.
Although the game was announced today, EA is holding off on revealing gameplay until EA Play 2020 on June 18th. Squadrons is developed by Motive Studios in association with Lucasfilm, featuring single-player and multiplayer modes. Without microtransactions.
Creative director of Motive Studios, Ian Frazier, gave a statement about the new game, saying “We created this game for every Star Wars fan who has ever dreamt about soaring across the galaxy in their favorite starfighter.”
In multiplayer, players can pilot a number of “iconic” New Republic and Imperial ships. The multiplayer consists of 5v5 spaces battles, like working with your squadron to defeat as many opponents as possible in Dogfights or the strategic Fleet Battles where your goal is demolishing the enemy flagship.
Star Wars: Squadrons will have “rich” cosmetic and gameplay customization options, with rewards and bonuses earned by playing the game. As you move through the ranks, you’ll also earn components like weapons, hulls, engines and shields to customize the performance of your starfighter.
Additionally, players will also unlock cosmetic items for their cockpit, ship exteriors and appearance of their pilot.
Squadrons will have cross-play between PS4, Xbox One, PC and VR. This makes it the second EA game with the feature, following the features’ recent arrival to Need for Speed Heat.
The single-player story is set after the events of Return of the Jedi, during the final days of the empire and the beginning of the New Republic. It’s an “original” story, but it wasn’t specified if it’s officially canon. It will also feature a “diverse cast of original characters”, with cameo appearances from “familiar faces.”
You can pre-order Star Wars: Squadrons right now and it isn’t a full-price game, costing $40 USD. EA and Origin Access subscribers can play the game for 10 hours at launch for free, and can purchase the full game afterwards for 10% off. Origin Access Premiere members will get the full Squadrons title at no extra cost.