Star Wars Squadrons gears up for launch tomorrowday

    
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Star Wars Squadrons gears up for launch tomorrowday

EA’s next big Star Wars game, Star Wars Squadrons, is set to release tomorrow with its shiny $39.99 pricetag and availability on almost every current platform, including VR. As we’ve covered all year, the game isn’t an MMO per se, but it does feature some multiplayer content alongside the single-player campaign.

“In Star Wars: Squadrons, players will enlist as starfighter pilots, stepping into the cockpits of iconic starfighters from both the New Republic and Imperial fleets. They’ll plan skirmishes with their squadron in the briefing room before taking off for space battles across the galaxy. Players will engage in strategic 5v5 multiplayer space battles with the goal of demolishing the opposing flagship in Fleet Battles and will feel the rush of first-person multiplayer combat as they work with their squadron to defeat as many opponents as possible in Dogfights. Pilots will triumph as a team, adjusting the composition of their squadrons to suit their playstyles as they progress, crushing their opponents and completing objectives across known and never-before-seen locations, including the gas giant of Yavin Prime and the shattered moon of Galitan.”

Last night, the company released a “tips and tricks” blog as a bit of a very last-minute teaser; it’s probably worth a look since it includes everything from how to team up with friends in crossplay (yes there’s full crossplay) to how to not suck at flying.

OK, ‘fess up, who’s grabbing this one first thing?

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Michael Lehner

Hmm. For me the important question is: as they sell it on so many platforms, will it run without the Origin launcher?

I refuse to have that thing on any of my computers again.

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Darthbawl

Pfft, no one buys a MP game for the SP portion!

/s 😎

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mysecretid

I’m curious, but I wonder if it will be so extremely “twitch” in terms of manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination requirements that I will just suck at the game so badly that playing it will feel like a misery.

So, I’m holding off until I can gather some reactions from actual people playing it. I’m interested, but I may not be “Olympic level” enough to actually play this.

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Blake

Despite my fears about it having a gearing system like Battlefront 2 (the top level players weapons/load outs are too much for newer players to deal with) I just finished pre-installing it.

Sigh, I have no willpower and am desperate to have a modern take on Xwing vs Tie Fighter.

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Ryuen

I am holding of on it for now, I want to see some actual gameplay before I buy.
But I’m crossing my fingers that we finally get a worthy successor to the venerable XvT… my trigger finger is itching to blow up some rebels.

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Blake

I rarely pre-order anything anymore but couldn’t help myself this time. That said, if it turns out I’m right I’ll refund it on Steam, I’ll just keep my playtime low until I hear more about it — won’t get to play until Saturday anyway.

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MilitiaMasterV

Are we talking the old…Tie fighter game on floppy? Or the game that kinda let you fly around as either on N64?

I didn’t much care for the really old one, but I only really got a small taste of it. (Still have the box/floppy stashed away somewhere…that thing’s probably worth something nowadays…)

As for the N64 one, I got a bit of play out of it and enjoyed that some, but that kinda had a lock-on system built-in, and actually targeting with a reticle without a snap-to system is quite a bit harder than you’d imagine with mobile targets…especially ones that shoot back.

I imagine this is just going to be a PvP fiesta where people go around popping one or two, then someone else pops them and rinse-repeat, and will lose it’s flair fast…along with creating a lot of people wanting to smash their keyboards/yell at the screen.

I’ve played a bunch of Star Wars games over the years, so I imagine I can step back and just watch this one from afar. (I imagine streamers will be playing it for awhile…) I tend to prefer the strategic ones anyway…(Empire at War/the sequel was fun.)…or the shooter versions where you can play as the heroes…the Playstation Battlefronts were fun…

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Blake

In my case it was the old floppy games, never played the N64 one myself.

I know I’ll be average at the game, as I am these days with FPS games as I’m an old man now. I am hoping that a handful of my gaming buddies pick it up so we can die horribly together and curse at the ‘cheaters*’. :)

*Young bastards with actual functioning reflexes.

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MilitiaMasterV

Honestly, I wish SWTOR had been better. (I’m one of the poor saps who paid for Collector’s) I played both KotoR games fully through, and wish I could get that kind of fun in the Star Wars world again…not just the hop in vehicles and go Pew Pew bit…but the full engagement…but I don’t expect we’ll see that kind of deep engaging stuff in the Star Wars IP ever again…

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Blake

I had a lot of fun in SWTOR until I finished my class story quests at least and then I kind of lost my interest in the game. I agree that the ship missions/combat was just boring to say the least.

At least this new games sounds like it’s an actual space combat game, especially that 5v5 fight over objectives mode.

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MilitiaMasterV

Hope it turns out decent for ya. You’ll probably be way too busy Pew Pew’ing to come back and tell us how it was. :P

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Blake

Am enjoying it so far, though, I’ve yet to play multi-player. I’m working my way through the single-player campaign and getting to sit in a variety of ships is a lot of fun.

I’m playing with an Xbox One controller while a couple of friends are using mouse and keyboard and I must say it seems that I’m having less control issues than they seem to be. I’m sure they’ll dial in their sliders and get better, but does seem like it’s a game that benefits from playing with a controller.

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Just watched a streamer playing some multiplayer/PvP…it looked like the same old stuff from the last few EA games…shoot at something, get blown up, respawn, fly in for objective, accidentally skim too close and ram your ship along something…somehow survive barely, get someone behind you who picks off the already limping ship…yeah. Typical on the PvP side. Not very engaging. Two competing capital ships, with a couple escorts that can be blown up/sometimes pop another in. One side eventually overpowers the other side/does enough to flagship and the end…

They seemed to be playing with HOTAS setups.

Is the story at least decently done?

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Ryuen

Oh I’ve been tempted too but the talk of equipment/skills/whatever threw me of a little, I really want a true new XvT game.
Played that so much back on the zone when I was young and participated in the monthly tournaments too.

edit: even though I’m much slower now and would probably be cannon fodder

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Crowe

Yeah, same here. X-Wing came out… what, like 30 years ago? I was good then but I was in my gaming prime back then. If this ends up being another twitch-game requiring the hand eye coordination of youth, I’ll have to pass.

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Bryan Cole

I’m hesitant as I still have the bad taste of SWTORs dogfighting PVP debacle in my mouth and I don’t want to shell out $40 for that taste ever again.

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PanagiotisLial1

It looks promising, tempted to get it even I havent decided yet. Its been some time since we had some very good dogfighting space game. Being based on Star Wars is an added bonus

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MikeInTheLab

I have high hopes but the first question is always “Can i run it on my machine?” Then it’s making sure it’s fun even if you don’t have 4 friends. And gosh i really hope they have a variety battlefields and it’s not just; “Oh look your above a Red planet, and now a Blue planet, and OH! is that Tatooine, you like Tatooine right?”

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Raidervc

My preload just finished. Between Fallen Order and Squadrons, EA is hinting at an understanding of the kind of games people want outside of FIFA and Madden. Hard not to send that positive reinforcement message.