Star Wars Squadrons has no plans for DLC and is looking to lateral progression for its multiplayer

    
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Star Wars Squadrons has no plans for DLC and is looking to lateral progression for its multiplayer

If you’re a big fan of what Star Wars Squadrons has on offer (namely, piloting a ship even in VR and blowing things up) but have some concerns vis-a-vis DLC, you can put your mind at ease. A new interview from Polygon with creative director Ian Frazier confirms that the game is currently planned to launch as a completely self-contained experience with no DLC planned of any shape and everything meant to be unlocked entirely via play. To quote Frazier directly:

You give us your $40, we give you the game. It is a fully self-contained experience. It’s not, “Well, okay, here’s part of the game and the rest of it will be out next week.” No, it’s the whole game. So at this point we’re not talking about live service or DLC or anything else.

Players will still have currency earned via multiplayer, but it will be two different sorts of currency, one for cosmetic alterations and one for different items to put into your ship loadouts that change your performance significantly. You could, for example, replace your normal lasers with a slow-firing beam that does significant damage to anything it hits, or replace your armor with something more fragile that makes you harder to see. Read through the whole interview if you’re very, very eager to get inside your U-Wing or TIE Interceptor.

Source: Polygon

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Daniel Veit

Looks and sounds good. Hmmmm…. wait and see what the reviews say. They may be telling the truth, for once.

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Giskard Daneel

I really hate how DLC has become this nebulous term to mean everything from full fledged expansions, to micro transactions, to completely free mini content.

The DLC term has become a huge win for the industry and a huge loss in consumers, by denying the consumers the right to know upfront the actual cost of experiencing a game the way it’s meant to be played.

I have no issue with paying a reasonable fee for an upgrade after a year or so to add significant new content, but MTs to access content, bypass mechanics purposefully put in to slow or stop progression, etc, in a game I just paid for disgusts me.

The industry needs to stop relying on whales for revenue and punishing those on won’t throw extra money at their games. They need to move away from MTs and go back to publishing complete games for a fixed or subscription price.

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hurbster

So it seems to be more X-Wing vs TIE Fighter than X-Wing or TIE Fighter then.

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Richard de Leon III

I swear to god I think I woke up in an alternate universe where EA was not a money grubbing unethical gaming company………..

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Gipfeli

no, you haven’t

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dreamer

I’m cautiously watching this one. I grew up with TIE Fighter (still have my original disk, box, and instruction booklet), so I’ve been eager to get some meaty Star Wars simulation time.

This… doesn’t seem like that.

I knew the $40 price point was suspicious, but now I can see why: there’s not much there. Two game modes is going to get repetitive very quickly. And for what? To mess around with 50+ icons which offer +/- changes to your ship? Snore.

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hurbster

Yeah, ‘proper’ campaign or nothing. Give me an excuse to get my Sidewinder out of mothballs (and somehow connect it to a modern PC).

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PhoenixDfire

From what I’ve heard so far; there will be a single player campaign in addition to the Multi-player. However, we’ve got no idea how long it would be. I’m hoping that it will be more than just a glorified tutorial.

Oh BTW, I dusted off my old Sidewinder for Elite:Dangerous and it worked just fine with a gameport to USB converter. Hadn’t used it in Ten years and worked first time. Good Stick!

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McGuffn

I dunno man. What’s going to replace the pride and accomplishment I feel when I earn currency or a currency substitute (aka currency) and use it to buy what I want.

Western civilization, and capitalism itself, is based on the buying and selling of goods and live services. It seems like you’re trying to reinvent the wheel here, inventing problems where none exist and trying to make a better mousetrap. Society is based on the haves and have nots. I have the nice shiny skin for the videogame object and others have not, so I feel that pride and accomplishment.

And where’s the surprise mechanic in buying a thing and then facing the existential dread that there’s nothing more left to buy?

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EmberStar

>.>
(Not sure if serious…)
(So here, have a cute spider.)

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NeoWolf

I wasn’t wow’ed if i’m being honest. Graphically it was beautiful but in terms offeatures and available gameplay it seemed fairly lite and bare bones.

And if i’m being super honest starfighter sims i’ve done, I would have been way more excited if we had been flying the capital ships lol

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EmberStar

Capital ships would be hard to balance in that setting. It’s kind of the point that there were wildly unbalanced power levels between the Empire (aka the actual military) and the Rebellion (the plucky freedom fighters who had to make do with pistols strapped to shopping carts.)

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NeoWolf

Plenty of other games manage to do Capital Ships, mechanically the difference is just a matter of perspective.

Not to mention that visually Capital ships would just be far more appealing to me personally. I want to be the Star Destroyer rising up through the dust cloud etc.. :) And having all your little fighter pets swarming around, it would be glorious.

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kalouro_k

5v5 arena style game. I am so disappointed. This game must be more relevant. 100v100 or open world.

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Richard de Leon III

100v100 would take forever to fill, and you cant really have a fair battle if you have the room start at say 5v5 but fill as necessary. It would be like an unending Alterac Valley from wow classic….then again that sounds like fun if you dont care about wins or losses or K/D…

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EmberStar

Waiting for launch, reviews, and the other shoe to drop. At this point I trust EA about as far as I could physically throw their corporate headquarters.

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April-Rain

I am really interested in this for the VR side, but I will wait for launch as I really dont trust EA not shuffle some sort of money making scam