Star Wars Squadrons announced for PC and consoles with debut trailer

Following a leak late last week, EA has officially announced Star Wars Squadrons for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

The upcoming game is set after the events of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi toward the end of the Galactic Civil War and sees the New Republic and the Empire battling it out in 5v5 multiplayer Dogfights and Fleet Battles. The former tasks players with defeating as many enemy ships as possible, while the aim of the latter is to destroy the opposing team’s flagship.

There’s also a single-player story that takes place after the Battle of Endor and follows two customizable pilots, one from the New Republic’s Vanguard Squadron and the other from the Galactic Empire’s Titan Squadron. Players can expect “a diverse cast of original characters, as well as some cameos from familiar faces in the Star Wars galaxy.”

Players will also be able earn components to modify and enhance their ships, as well as items to customize their cockpit, ship interiors, flight suits, and helmets by moving through the ranks. All of these items will be “unlocked via gameplay.”

“We created this game for every Star Wars fan who has ever dreamt about soaring across the galaxy in their favorite starfighter,” Ian Frazier, creative director at developer Motive Studios, said. “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 at EA Play Live this week.”

Star Wars Squadrons launches October 2nd for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC with support for cross-platform play.

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