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EA, Lucasfilm announce ‘Star Wars: Squadrons’ video game

by Brittani Tuttle

Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), Motive Studios and Lucasfilm has announced “Star Wars: Squadrons,” an immersive, first-person space dogfighting video game set in the Star Wars galaxy.

star wars: squadrons

“Star Wars: Squadrons” will feature 5v5 multiplayer dogfights, fleet battles, and an original story set during the final days of the Galactic Empire and the rise of the New Republic after the events of “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.”

The game will launch on Oct. 2, 2020 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Steam and the Epic Games Store, and will be playable in virtual reality (VR) on PlayStation 4 and PC with cross-play support. Gameplay will be showcased this week at EA Play Live on June 18 at 4 p.m. PT.

“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 at 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.”

In “Star Wars: Squadrons,” players will enlist as starfighter pilots, climbing into the cockpits of both the New Republic and Imperial fleets. They’ll plan skirmishes with their squadrons before taking off for space battles across the galaxy. Pilots will succeed as a team, adjusting their squadrons as they progress, crushing their opponents and completing objectives across known and never-before-seen locations—including the gas giant of Yavin Prime and the shattered moon of Galitan.

The game will offer cosmetic and gameplay customization options with rewards and bonuses that are earned solely through gameplay. As players move up the ranks, they’ll earn ship components like weapons, hulls, engines, and shields to customize their spacecraft; and gain cosmetic items to customize their cockpit, ship exteriors, and the appearance of their pilot.

“Star Wars: Squadrons” will also include a single-player story that brings to life the events that follow the Battle of Endor when the Rebel Alliance has successfully destroyed the Death Star II. Through this story, players will learn what it means to be a pilot as they battle from the alternating perspectives of two customizable pilots: one serving in the New Republic’s Vanguard Squadron, and the other fighting for the Galactic Empire’s Titan Squadron. The story will feature a diverse cast of original characters, as well as a few familiar faces from the Star Wars galaxy.

You can pre-order “Star Wars: Squadrons” now for $39.99 at both retail and digital storefronts. To learn more, visit EA.com/Games/StarWars/Squadrons.

Check out the reveal trailer for the game below:

Star Wars: Squadrons – Official Reveal Trailer

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