EA Unveils 'Star Wars: Squadrons,' a New First-Person Starfighter Game

Mahlik Campbell

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Strap in for Electronic Arts' Star Wars: Squadrons, the latest game exploring the Star Wars universe. 🔥

Revealed on Monday, Star Wars: Squadrons is a first-person space dogfight game placing players in the cockpit of speedy starfighters for squadron shootouts in head-to-head single-player and multiplayer modes.

Developed by Motive Montreal, which sharpened its Star Wars chops on recent games like Battlefront II and Anthem, pilots will have the chance to fly a number of signature ships, including the X-Wing, A-Wing, Y-Wing, U-Wing, TIE Fighter, TIE Interceptor, TIE Bomber and TIE Reaper.

Though EA isn't previewing gameplay until their EA Play Live event on June 18th, one notable feature is the ability to customize fighters and improve performance with weapons, hulls, engines and shields, as well as various tweaks to spice up your cockpit, exterior and pilot appearance.

This is just a guess, but you probably won't be able to adjust your speaker system with a banging subwoofer, unfortunately.

There will also be cross-platform multiplayer support between Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC players, and those who really want to immerse themselves will be able to connect VR headsets to the game on PC and PS4.

Multiplayer experiences will include 5v5 dogfights and Fleet Battles, where teammates work together to destroy a capital ship.

There's also a solo campaign set after the iconic Battle of Endor that will allow gamers to battle as pilots from both the New Republic’s Vanguard Squadron and the Galactic Empire’s Titan Squadron.

This isn't the first time that players will command the cockpits of X-Wings, TIE Fighters and other ships, but it's been 17 long years since Star Wars Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike was released for Nintendo GameCube, the most recent title set primarily in space.

Squadrons is scheduled to drop on October 2nd for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC for $39.99. EA hasn't yet confirmed whether the game will also be available for next-gen consoles like PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.