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Space battles between starships like X-wings and TIE fighters are an iconic part of Star Wars. EA Motive has doubled down on that particular aspect of the series and unveiled Star Wars: Squadrons, a game that's all about taking down enemy pilots in deadly chases and dogfights.

With a lower-than-normal launch price and a variety of consumer-friendly features, Star Wars: Squadrons is looking to be everything that aspiring pilots could hope for. Here's everything you need to know about Star Wars: Squadrons.

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What is Star Wars: Squadrons?

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Star Wars: Squadrons is a new game being developed by EA Motive, the developers who worked on the vehicle portions of Star Wars Battlefront II. It's a 5v5 multiplayer game, though there's also a campaign. Players can join the New Republic's Vanguard Squadron or the Empire's Titan Squadron.

Star Wars: Squadrons trailers

You can take a look at the Star Wars: Squadrons reveal trailer below:

Star Wars: Squadrons gameplay and features

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Gameplay for Star Wars: Squadrons was revealed at EA Play Live on June 18. So far, we known that there's a single-player campaign and 5v5 multiplayer. There's also multiple different classes of starships, each of which can play different roles. In a fight, you'll need to balance power between the different systems. Maxing out power to a particular system grants a bonus ability not otherwise available but the more power on one system, the less that's available for others.

  • If you max power to Shields, you unlock Overshielding.
  • Maxing power on Weapons gives you Overcharged lasers.
  • Maxing the Engines grants a Speed Boost.
  • Ships that don't have Shields get a Power Converter.

You can check out the gameplay trailer from EA Play Live right here:

Here's everything else we know about the gameplay.

  • The game is being developed by EA Motive.
  • Star Wars: Squadrons supports full cross-play.
  • There are two multiplayer game modes: Dogfight and Fleet Battles.
  • There are four classes of starships so far: Fighter, Support, Bomber and Interceptor.
  • Both the New Republic and Imperial forces have four starships right now.

List of all starships, both New Republic and Imperial

Is Star Wars: Squadrons canon?

Yes. The story of Star Wars: Squadrons is canonical and is not part of the Extended Universe, which is now classified as Star Wars Legends.

Is Star Wars: Squadrons cross-platform?

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Yes. One of the big marketing points for this game is that it supports full cross-platform play. You can play with your friends regardless of who is on PS4, PC or Xbox One.

Does Star Wars: Squadrons support VR?

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Yes, if you have a PSVR headset or PC VR headset, you'll be able to play Star Wars: Squadrons entirely in VR.

What is the Star Wars: Squadrons release date?

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Star Wars: Squadrons is set to release on October 2, 2020. It's also going to be available for $40, not the standard $60. It'll be released on PS4, PC and Xbox One.

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Star Wars: Squadrons

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Star Wars: Squadrons places players in Vanguard Squadron or Titan Squadron with vicious dogfights and a variety of different starships. It's even got full cross-play, so you can play with your friends no matter where you buy it.

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