Star Wars Squadrons Goes Gold Ahead Of October Release

The budget-priced dogfighting space combat game is nearly ready for release.

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The newest Star Wars video game, Star Wars: Squadrons, has crossed a major development milestone. Creative director Ian Frazier said on Twitter that the game has reached "gold" status, which means the game is ready to be sent to manufacturing plants to create discs and print boxes for the physical editions.

It is an important milestone, but the developers at Motive Studios are not packing up and moving onto the next project yet. The game releases on October 2, and there is a multiplayer element that Motive will continue to support after release.

Star Wars: Squadrons launches on October 2 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. The game is coming out just before the launch of the Xbox Series S/X and the PlayStation 5, but Motive is not working on a new version of the game for those platforms. That said, the game will be playable on next-gen consoles through backwards compatibility.

Squadrons is a budget-priced game, launching at $40 USD. The game has an original Star Wars story, along with multiplayer in the form of 5v5 matches featuring cross-play across console and PC.

Pre-orders for Star Wars: Squadrons are available now. EA and Origin Access subscribers can play the game for 10 hours at launch for free, after which they can buy the full game for 10 percent off. Origin Access Premiere subscribers, meanwhile, will get the full Squadrons game at no extra cost. You can also pre-order on the Xbox and PlayStation digital storefronts, Steam, the Epic Games Store, and major retailers.

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