EA and Motive Studios have teamed up on the spiritual successor to the iconic Rogue Squadron games, with the newly announced Star Wars: Squadrons. The new game features a full campaign and online mode, offering Star Wars fans the ideal dogfighting experience. After years of waiting, first-person dogfighting hits a new high in 2020. Squadrons will also be compatible with VR headsets on PC and the PlayStation 4, adding to the chaos and excitement.
The game’s story is set after Return of the Jedi and sees pilots of the New Republic battling the various Imperial remnants scattered around the galaxy. Fans who dive deep into the lore might also find references to Operation Cinder and the other nefarious plans of the First Order. The campaign will place players in various battles between the New Republic’s Vanguard Squadron and the Galactic Empire’s Titan Squadron.
As for cross-platform play, that’s still a bit up in the air. We do know is that the game will be available on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Although it is still unclear if there are releases for the PS5 and Xbox Series X in the cards. The game has a fall 2020 release date, pegged around Oct. 2 so far. The price point on the Steam page is listed as $39.99. So, as of now, a next-gen release seems like an afterthought.
The ability for VR support throws a bit of a wrench into the plans for cross-play. VR players could be at a different level of play or sill than non-VR gamers. If there is cross-play, it would likely be locked out of VR support in some way, due to the difference in the way the game would likely be played between the two versions. The early leaks today that first showed the game have not confirmed this. Although we will wait until June 18 when we see more of Star Wars: Squadrons to say for sure.