EA surprised us all with the reveal of Star Wars: Squadrons, a brand new space combat game, much like the classic Rogue Squadron series or the X-Wing vs TIE Fighter series on PC. We already know the game will have no micro transactions and recently discovered the game will be first person only. But we now know the game will launch with 6 maps. Those 6 maps will be Yavin Prime, Esseles, Nadiri Dockyards, Sissubo, Galitan, and Zavian Abyss. It is likely they will add more over time as free DLC.
Reddit user ScorchRaserik has created a handy FAQ detailing all the information you need to know about Star Wars: Squadrons.
Will VR/Joysticks/HOTAS be supported?
It will! Virtual Reality (VR), joysticks, and hand on throttle-and-stick (HOTAS) control will all be supported for Star Wars: Squadrons. VR will be available for PS4 and PC, and players will be able to play the entirety of the game within VR.
More information about supported flight sticks will be given closer to release, as well as information about compatibility with consoles.
Will there be an option to play in third person?
No, ship combat will be entirely in first person.What ships will be available in the game?
There will be four ships for each side. A fighter, an interceptor, a support, and a bomber
The New Republic faction fills these roles with the X-Wing, A-Wing, U-Wing, and Y-Wing
The Empire faction fills these roles with the TIE Fighter, TIE Interceptor, TIE Reaper, and TIE Bomber
How many maps will there be?
The game will launch with 6 maps. Yavin Prime, Esseles, Nadiri Dockyards, Sissubo, Galitan, and Zavian Abyss.
Will there be any microtransactions?
No, all progression and customization options will be earned through gameplay alone.
Will I be able to customize my ship/pilot?
Yes, your pilot will be cosmetically customizable, and your ship can be upgraded both cosmetically and through over 50 ship components that alter how your ships fly, fight, and survive. These customization options can be earned through gameplay.
What multiplayer modes are there?
There will be two modes. A simple 5v5 Dogfight mode, and a more complicated multi-staged Fleet Battles mode.
Is there singleplayer/offline?
There is a singleplayer campaign, and you will be able to play solo or in a group of up to 5 players against other players or against bots. You will be able to play fleet battles solo against bots 100% offline
What will the campaign be like?
From the official press release:
Star Wars: Squadrons will also feature a single-player story that brings to life events following the Battle of Endor when the Rebel Alliance has successfully destroyed the Death Star II. Through the 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 heroic Vanguard Squadron, while the other fights for the Galactic Empire’s fearsome Titan Squadron. The authentic story features a diverse cast of original characters, as well as some cameos from familiar faces in the Star Wars galaxy.
There will also be AI in the Fleet Battle mode to give the mode a more epic feel;
Star Wars: Squadrons is due to launch on October 2nd on PC via Steam & Origin, PS4 and Xbox One. The game will also support VR on PC and PS4 and is full cross play.
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