Next Star Wars game is free-to-play and channels Rogue Squadron

Disney Interactive reveals Star Wars: Attack Squadrons, a PC space-combat game that will allow vehicle customization.

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Disney Interactive revealed the next game in the Star Wars universe today -- Star Wars: Attack Squadrons. According to a press release, the game will be a "free-to-play, open web, space combat game."

Based on screenshots and video released with the announcement, Attack Squadrons bears a strong resemblance to the Nintendo 64 Rogue Squadron series. And like the games in that series, you'll be able to pilot classic Star Wars ships such as the X-Wing or TIE Interceptor. However, Attack Squadrons will allow players to "customize and tune" their ships to some extent.

Multiplayer battles, rather than missions, make up the game's core. Dogfights in Attack Squadrons involve up to 16 players and take place in "iconic Star Wars locations."

Attack Squadrons is being developed by first-time developer Area 52 Games. If you're interested in checking out the work in development, you can sign up for the beta on the game's official website. Invites are set to go out sometime in 2014.

Discussion

227 comments
barsaive
barsaive

Gamers like me (old people lol) who played X-wing, Tie fighter, Xwing vs. Tie-fighter, Rouge squadron, X-wing Alliance might wish for another upcoming title... cough 1313 cough 

I know it's never gonna happen though:( However, I'm sorry but I'm fed up with flying around the Deat Star and stuff. I play SW pen and paper RPG, it is an extermely rich unviverse in terms of content, just don't understand why they can't do something different. (SW online sucks too. Sorry.) When I learned that Disney was gonna buy Lucasarts I had great expectations. Hope the movies won't be like this boring crap. 

3dmatrixgamer
3dmatrixgamer

Rouge Squadron was a great game i ever remember.

HoboKobo
HoboKobo

Could be great or could be sucky,too early to tell!

sorintitus
sorintitus

I wish they made a triple A game using mechanics like those found in the KoTOR series or The Old republic MMO, The story should take center stage, followed by gameplay with RPG and action elements...

This free-to-play "thing" will be short lived and not entirely welcomed by the Star Wars fans.

Chronologo
Chronologo

90000 hours of grinding to get a good customization part... or you can buy that part for 20 bucks. Don't BS me with F2P

Madball357
Madball357

And so the rape begins.


No, scratch that.


And so the rape continues.

Joedgabe
Joedgabe

F2P worries me but! My body is ready!!

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

Please be like X-Wing vs. Tie Fighter.  BTW why tell everyone to stay in formation when you're getting shot at? Doesn't that just make it easier to shoot you down?  Also get as far away from that terrible Clone Wars tv series as possible. 

Lambchopzin
Lambchopzin

I do think it's hilarious that people are hammering EA over this when they actually have nothing to do with it. Disney Interactive =/= Electronic Arts, guys.

Lambchopzin
Lambchopzin

Free to play, meh, but I'm definitely down for a sort of spiritual successor to Rogue Squadron. As long as the game is good I can get over it being F2P.

brianw4300
brianw4300

finally! this was so incredibly boring and bland in swtor im glad they made it it's own game. so fresh too, this idea of a game hasnt been done 600,000 times yet, but the twist is......it;'s star wars, so ppl will play it.

how bout focusing on a FUN game, and make another like swtor, or 1313. but just my opinion. a space battle game will only hold my attention for about 1 match.....then its like " that's it? this is the whole game.......next"

ioshilee
ioshilee

X-Wing and Tie Fighter were the only really great SW games, devoted to space combat, imo. Didn't really like Rogue Squadron. This one looks like simplified World of Warplanes or War Thunder clone to me. 

Vexov
Vexov

So, microtransactions!. You will be put in a rust bucket, but for $10 worth of game credits you can RENT yourself ... many different parts for a ship, and a whole ship(with just basic parts), buy skins, buy colour change for your weapon fire, engines, cockpit. 


Spend nothing and suffer or give in and pay to play, let us suck $30-100 a month from all the suckers. Its "O.K!" because its not called a subscription, its called "Free to play". Join and get hooked off of the loud noises, bright colors, and bang-bang pow-pow, if you love this kind of stuff this game is for YOU!... (because it will need players who get sucked into all that flash otherwise you would notice how 1/2 assed the game is very likely to go).

TomSupertramp
TomSupertramp

We want STAR WARS 1313!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

kryotech
kryotech

Looks like Birds of Steel, only Star Wars. Hopefully they go the X-Wing vs TIE Fighter route, but that seems like wishful thinking.

Hurvl
Hurvl

I would argue that F2P is the path to the Dark Side, but Path of Exile proves that it can be done properly.

Imperiusmax
Imperiusmax

I spent many a happy hour on Rogue squadron so I am looking forward to this baby!

TigusVidiks
TigusVidiks

If you want a truly great space combat game, pure PvP, free-to-play, competent and epic, try Star Conflict.

meatz666
meatz666

Awesome.

I hope they implement the freemium model right, without putting p2w scheme.

seriousdave
seriousdave

I really loved the rouge games on the N64 and GC but my expectations for this one are pretty low seeing the description with "free-to-play, open web, space combat game". But I'm damn sure even with little to no expectaions this game will be underwhelming once it's done. Why the hell won't they make a proper sequel worthy of the rogue squadron name T_T

wizardboyus
wizardboyus

rogue squadron was awesome, but disney should know that everyone wants battlefront...

ethanm1834
ethanm1834

It's free, I'll give it a whirl. If it's awful I can easily stop playing.

cboye18
cboye18

Just to make you think what the next SW: Battlefront will be like :(

Wraith3
Wraith3

Again following in the footsteps of LucasArts in the past 10 years +/- and not giving us a X-Wing or TIE Fighter successor LIKE WE ALL HAVE BEEN YELLING FOR SINCE 1994!

Poodlejumper
Poodlejumper

How do we stop the onslaught of crappy FTP/PTW cashgrabs that have less depth than kiddie pools and significantly more urine stench?


How sweet baby Jesus???  HOW???

RogueSol
RogueSol

Considering it's been over 10 years since I saw a Star Wars game actually have space combat I'm not complaining.

spikepigeo
spikepigeo

Another incredible series bites the dust...

Takeno456
Takeno456

So they took an amazing franchise like Rogue Squadron and made it a free to play browser game?? Well so far my faith in the Disney/Starwars/EA deal is not looking good at all. 

biggestnewb
biggestnewb

why do this? why make a game for an inferior platform such as PC? consoles are the future and they welcome any decent starwars game.

sirkibble2
sirkibble2

@Rayzakk More concentrated laser fire in a formation. But yeah, I definitely feel your sentiments. lol

RogueSol
RogueSol

@LambchopzinPeople are still hung up on the Old Republic so they're high on the EA hate train. I find it ironic that many people have been clamoring for the many of the very games that are being announced (Still waiting for the result of them) and hating them before they even touch beta.

biggestnewb
biggestnewb

BTW FUCK micro-transactions and any game developer that tries to implement them.


"you can play hours through a game but you'll never be as good as 15 year old jimmy that used his parents credit card to pay for $1000 worth of in-game shit" 

Grimkillah
Grimkillah

@Nightelf123 Dark Forces series was awesome, so was X-Wing, TIE Fighter, X-Wing Alliance, and X-Wing vs TIE Fighter. Republic Commando is pretty good too. And lets not forget RPG titles like KOTOR or maybe even KOTOR 2.

Poodlejumper
Poodlejumper

@Akijo Last I saw the space combat was a shooter on rails.


Did that chainge?

biggestnewb
biggestnewb

@thechuck11 why would my disdain with micro-transactions imply trolling.. micro-transactions are horrible. the fuck is wrong with you?

ioshilee
ioshilee

@biggestnewb @thechuck11 Fuck microtransactions, dude! But we all here are still think ing that you are a troll. Cause you are calling a superior PC an "inferior platform".