Star Wars: Squadrons resurrects the spirit of yesteryear’s X-Wing and TIE Fighter games

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Actually, the ill-fated EVE: Valkyrie was 5-on-5 also, and I have to admit that Squadrons looks a lot like Valkyrie with the Star Wars license. There’s something about the pace of the action in this trailer, dodging through asteroid belts and between the struts on ships, that reminds me of Valkyrie‘s glory days.

And like Valkyrie, Star Wars: Squadrons is coming to virtual reality in addition to standard monitors. I have to imagine VR will be the best way to play, but there’s even more reason to celebrate. Squadrons is the first major tentpole game from a publisher this size to come to VR⁠—at least on PC. You could make an argument for Resident Evil VII I guess, but Square never ported that over.

Anyway, it looks cool. October 2 is the planned release date, but we’ll see more of Squadrons before then. EA’s contribution to Fake E3, EA Play Live, is set to run on June 18 at 4 p.m. Pacific, and EA is promising the premier of actual in-game footage during that event. I’m curious to see whether Squadrons is as complex as X-Wing and TIE Fighter, which were full-on space sims, or if they’ve gone the arcade dogfighting route. My gut tells me the latter, but hey, I’m trying to stay optimistic here.

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