Electronic Arts and developer Motive Studios have announced Star Wars: Squadrons, a first-person spaceship sim featuring multiplayer warfare and a singleplayer campaign. It’s launching on PC (Origin, Steam, Epic Games Store), PlayStation 4, and Xbox One (with cross-play between PS4 and XBO) on October 2.
Squadrons takes place after Return of the Jedi, in the years between the original trilogy and the new trilogy. The Galactic Empire has lost their death star and their leaders, but still represent a threat, as the New Republic fights for a better future.
The single player campaign will feature perspectives from both sides, as players customize a pilot for the New Republic’s Vanguard Squadron, and the Galactic Empire’s Titan Squadron. The campaign features new characters as well as fan-favorites. We spotted both Wedge Antilles and Hera Syndulla in the trailer.
Squadrons’ main draw is the multiplayer. Players form teams of five pilots on each side, and engage in starfighter battles to defeat opponents in Dogfight mode, or destroy the enemy flagship in Fleet Battles. Players will level up and earn rewards and bonuses as they play, unlocking new customization options for their pilot, cockpit, and ship.
“We created this game for every Star Wars fan who has ever dreamt about soaring across the galaxy in their favorite starfighter,” said Ian Frazier, Creative Director, Motive Studios. “Through the collaboration of the teams at Motive and Lucasfilm, we’ve been able to create a high-fidelity starfighter experience with an authentic storyline that invites Star Wars fans to explore never-before-seen corners of the galaxy in their own ship. We’re excited to show all this in action this week at EA Play Live.”
Star Wars: Squadrons is available now for pre-order. It’s launching October 2 for $39.99. EA will reveal the first gameplay footage during EA Play Live 2020 on June 18.