Our first look at the brand-new Star Wars video game, Star Wars: Squadrons, was released today!
We got the reveal trailer for the game, with our first look at the actual gameplay coming later this week, on June 18th at 7:00p.m. Eastern time (4:00 p.m. Pacific time). Here’s a look at the awesome trailer that was released today, though:
The trailer reveals that the game will be set in the aftermath of the Battle of Endor, as the New Republic fights against the remnants of the Empire. I think that’s a perfect setting for this game, and we see some really cool cameos in the trailer – specifically, Wedge Antilles and Hera Syndulla! I’m excited to see what other familiar faces show up.
The article on the Star Wars website about the game explains more of what to expect. There will be a single-player story (featuring some familiar faces) that follows two pilots in the wake of the destruction of the second Death Star: a New Republic pilot from Vanguard Squadron, and an Imperial pilot from Titan Squadron. The player will alternate between the two, gaining two unique perspectives on the war. Given that the game is priced lower than a normal one (it’s $40), I don’t expect this to be a full-length story mode, but it’ll be nice to get one at all.
It seems that the heart of the game is the multiplayer aspect, as there’s a mode in which players will “engage in strategic 5v5 multiplayer space battles with the goal of demolishing the opposing flagship in Fleet Battles and feel the rush of first-person multiplayer combat as they work with their squadron and execute the best tactics to defeat as many opponents as possible in Dogfights.”
We don’t know what worlds will be featured, but we are told that it will feature ones we know as well as ones we’ve never seen before – such as “the gas giant of Yavin Prime and the shattered moon of Galitan.” The game will feature customizable aspects to upgrade your ship and character, but these will be obtained exclusively in-game (meaning no microtransactions!) It will feature crossplay (across platforms, whether you’re playing on Xbox One, Playstation 4, PC, or VR), and will be playable entirely in virtual reality on PS4 and PC!
Like I mentioned earlier, given the price and the feel, it sounds like this isn’t a massive project, but it’s one that I’m incredibly excited for nonetheless. It’s been a LONG time since we’ve had a Star Wars game that prioritized ship combat, so I’m really excited for this. It sounds really fun, the trailer is really well-done, and I’m even more intrigued by the story mode now than I was before. I can’t wait!
Star Wars: Squadrons releases October 2, 2020.