Star Wars: Squadrons Gameplay Reveal Shows Dogfighting, Customization

The gameplay debut of Star Wars: Squadrons looks to borrow parts from the classic X-Wing and TIE Fighter series.

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EA debuted the first gameplay trailer for Star Wars: Squadrons during its EA Play event, giving us our first look at the dogfighting action game. That included a closer look at the New Republic and Imperial squadrons, customization options, and harrowing dogfights.

The star of the trailer was the view from inside the cockpit, showing how you'll engage with most of the moment-to-moment action. That look showed dogfights from a first-person cockpit view, complete with your ship's instruments and an icon of the ship itself with shields that seemed to deplete in parts, similar to the classic X-Wing and TIE Fighter series. The entire game is also playable in VR.

In the campaign, you'll be part of both the New Republic Vanguard Squadron and Imperial Titan Squadron. In the story campaign, "two pilots will shape the balance of power in the galaxy," according to EA.

In multiplayer, you'll team up in squads of five. Each side has matching ship types: Fighters (X-Wing, TIE Fighter), Interceptors (A-Wing, TIE Interceptor), Support (U-Wing, TIE Reaper), and Bombers (Y-Wing, TIE Bomber). You'll be able to customize your ships with more than 50 components like seeker warheads, tractor beams, and turrets. Other customization options include paint jobs for your ship exterior and decorations like an Ewok bobblehead for your cockpit.

The presentation also outlined the signature multiplayer mode, Fleet Battles. These are multi-stage conflicts where you and teammates or AI take part in three phases of battle. First, you go through a dogfight against other pilots, and then you go into attack and defense for mid-sized capital ships. Finally, you attack a main capital ship.

The official site outlined each of these modes and fighters, along with a dedicated section to the maps. Those include some recognizable locations from the Star Wars universe: Yavin Prime, Esseles, Nadiri Dockyards, Sissubo, Galitan, and the Zavian Abyss.

Star Wars: Squadrons is coming on October 2 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. The game is available to pre-order now for $40 and includes a handful of pre-order bonuses--check out our Star Wars: Squadrons pre-order guide for more info.

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SW Squadron shows dogfighting? Wow..thanks Captain Obvious

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OK, they kinda won me over with single-player Fleet Battle with bots for those of us that play at weird hours and can't find other insomniac friends to play with. Plus, it's a budget title and no microtransactions...either EA is trying to make a change for the better or...

"IT'S A TRAP!!!"

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Looks great but why so many women? Seems forced (no pun intended)

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Lul. Its literally the Squadron mode from Battlefront 2017 repackaged into a full game and a campaign by the team that did the oscar winning BF 2017 campaign. Consider myself skeptical.

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I still want open world Star Wars game... Why EA is so difficult?

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They better be giving out a Kalidor Crescent for service above and beyond like the old days or it's just another arcade game.

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The best part of this trailer is Hera doing the narrating.

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Dogfighting?...more like dog sh*t 😂

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I need this game

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I thought the same thing the graphics look like early 2000 not something thats coming out in 2020

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@snakeyees: Wait what? Frostbite engine looks damn good even back in 2015. I think you need to get your eyes checked or something because I don't think we're seeing the same thing. It's Ironic for having eyes in your name because clearly you need to have them checked. Graphics from 2000 are insanely bad compared to what they're now for Frostbite. Do you have shit internet or something that caused you to watch the video in like 100p? Because you're clearly not seeing what we normal people are seeing. That or you're just buthurt over something EA did and are trying to give them shit for whatever reason. I think I will pick both.

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@snakeyees: I’m sorry, did we watch the same trailer? The graphics look amazing!

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@ice12tray: I remember a game the LOOKED amazing but was hallow and shit when it came out. Its name? Battlefront 2015 and 2017.

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@tman08: You’re arguing the wrong point as he said the graphics looked like early 2000s... also, Battlefront2 from 2017 is and has been fantastic since launch.

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I was a bit disappointed.. The graphic look a bit dated if though I like the flying gameplay The best thing that I saw was the customization which look like we getting a ton of races to use.

With only 2 game modes which one of them being a copy of GA from BF2 . Don't think this game is going retain it player base for long. Need at least 2 more modes and one of them needs add more players then 5v5

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@zero0010@snakeyees I would like to know what "dated" game looked this good.

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@Lord_Sesshy: A lot of shots in the gameplay trailer look like "No man sky"

I think BF 2 SF look a lot better

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