Whilst we’re still waiting for more Star Wars Battlefront 3 news, Disney are looking to revive another fan-favourite Star Wars game with the announcement of Star Wars Attack Squadrons for PC which looks to be a spiritual successor to the old X-Wing and Tie Fighter games.
Now aside from the cinematic trailer and a few screenshots, details about Star Wars Attack Squadrons are fairly scarce, but it does mean that we get to break them down and analyse them like the droid-loving freaks we are in a wonderfully bullet-pointed fashion:
Dogfights consist of 16 players
Well that’s pretty bloody good! It’s not quite Battlefield 4 levels of crazy combat, but it’s certainly enough to make things interesting. There are three play modes on offer; Free For All, Team Dogfight and Base Defense – all of which are pretty self explanatory. You can also create Starfighter Pilots communities to team up with your friends, but it’s currently unknown as to whether there are any additional perks to this aside from causing arguments over who’s going to be Red Five.
You can customise your ships
Rather than just being given a stock X-Wing or TIE Fighter to zip about it, players will be able to upgrade, modify and customise the ships they collect and unlock as they progress through the game – immediately a definite perk. All I’m saying is that they better have some sweet wing decal options and if they do, expect to see 32 crudely drawn penises flying past you and high-velocity, which could be pretty awesome if that’s your thing.
The words ‘free-to-play’ in gaming can often be replaced with three other words, ‘pay-to-win’, and for fans of Star Wars and/or the X-Wing and TIE Fighter games, this is going to be an instant concern. Star Wars Attack Squadrons will have players earning points after successful matches which will allow them to unlock new items and upgrades, so it’s fairly safe to assume that there’s going to be a paid option for wallet warriors. Let’s just hope its as well balanced as some of its other F2P PC brethren.
It’s being developed by a new studio
Now following the multi-year deal between Disney and EA over the Star Wars properties, we would imagine that Star Wars Attack Squadrons would be heading to one of these folks. However with DICE busy on Battlefront 3 and BioWare hopefully making a new KOTOR, it seems that Disney decided to give this to a brand new studio, Area 52 Games. The Area 52 Games website is incredibly unhelpful and tells us bugger all except that they need a Senior Producer and Server Engineer. Scary stuff.
So far Star Wars Attack Squadrons doesn’t look as if it’s going to be able to give the iconic X-Wing Vs TIE Fighter games a run for their money, but let’s see where this goes. If you’re interested in seeing what the game has to offer, you can sign up for the closed beta for PC over on the official Star Wars Attack Squadrons website.