Electronic Arts and Motive Studios have released space sim Star Wars: Squadrons on PC (Steam, Epic Games Store), PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, for $39.99. Squadrons features 5v5 multiplayer battles as players face off in X-Wings, Y-Wings, TIE Fighters, and more.
Squadrons is set between the original trilogy and the new trilogy, following the events of the destruction of the second Death Star in Return of the Jedi. In the single player campaign, players can follow the path of the New Republic, or the old Empire. The two sides are racing to acquire a powerful new starship called Project Starhawk.
“We are always looking to bring new Star Wars stories and experiences to our fans,” said Douglas Reilly, Vice President, Lucasfilm Games. “Star Wars: Squadrons places players at the apex of one of the most uncertain times between the New Republic and Galactic Empire, where the scales of power could be tipped in either direction, and the fate of the galaxy is still unclear. We’re thrilled to give players the opportunity to play their Star Wars pilot fantasy and experience this original story.”
Squadrons includes two multiplayer modes, Dogfight and Fleet Battles. Dogfight is standard team deathmatch, as starfighters work with their squadron to destroy their opponents. Fleet Battles features more large scale warfare, as pilots will need to destroy the enemy team’s flagship.
Ships come in four different classes: Fighters, Bombers, Interceptors, and Support. Players can outfit their ships with a variety of weapons, hulls, shields, engines, and more, and decide where to divert more power in the heat of battle. Players will be able to earn pilot and spaceship customization by completing daily challenges – there are no loot boxes or microtransactions.
“As a lifelong Star Wars fan, it’s been an incredible journey to bring the space combat experience to life in a way that is true to the legacy of the franchise,” said Ian Frazier, Creative Director, Motive Studios. “It all starts in the cockpit, the center of the action. We’ve worked hand-in-hand with Lucasfilm to hone in on the pilot’s perspective, and match the aesthetic from the films to create an authentic Star Wars gameplay experience that will transport fans into the pilot’s seat. We’re thrilled to bring this experience to players around the world, who can now join together in battles across the galaxy.”
Star Wars: Squadrons is available now. It’s rated T for Teen.