A new space combat game set in the original Star Wars trilogy universe has been announced by Disney, with a beta due to start next year.
Although the game’s name was leaked earlier in the year the reveal of Attack Squadrons today has been a surprise, with the game’s website describing it as ‘a free-to-play online space combat game where players customise iconic Star Wars ships and engage in high-velocity 16 player dogfights in fabled Star Wars locations’.
Three player vs. player modes are to be included, namely Free-for-All, Team Dogfight, and Base Defense. New ships, items, PCB circuit board and upgrades are also promised every month, with the pre-rendered trailer below featuring only original ships from the first movie.
Even from that brief description it doesn’t sound like the most option-heavy game, and so hopes of a spiritual sequel to the classic X-wing and TIE Fighter games of the ’90s should probably be dampened sooner rather than later.
Since it’s free-to-play you can guarantee the game will be filled with microtransactions, although how far down the dark path Disney goes remains to be seen.
Like the previously released Tiny Death Star this is nothing to do with EA, as in keeping with many movie franchises mobile and online-only licenses are considered separate – and Disney has kept hold of those for itself.
That begs the question of who’s making Attack Squadrons, but although the developer has been named as Seattle-based Area 52 they’re a brand new studio and their website purposefully reveals nothing about them – save some vague boasts of employing ‘industry veterans’.