By James Hibberd
Updated June 18, 2020 at 09:20 PM EDT
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UPDATE: The Star Wars: Squadrons gameplay trailer has arrived:

PREVIOUS: The first footage from Star Wars: Squadrons is here.

Electronic Arts released its highly anticipated trailer for the first new Star Wars console game since 2019's excellent Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

Squadrons is a first-person space combat game that takes place after Return of the Jedi and before The Force Awakens. EA promises "multiplayer dogfights, monumental fleet battles, and an original story set during the final days of the Galactic Empire and the rise of the New Republic." The trailer features plenty of cut scenes and action footage, though actual gameplay footage is still to come later this week.

“We created this game for every Star Wars fan who has ever dreamt about soaring across the galaxy in their favorite starfighter,” said Ian Frazier, Creative Director, Motive Studios. “We've been able to create a high-fidelity starfighter experience with an authentic storyline that invites Star Wars fans to explore never-before-seen corners of the galaxy in their own ship. We’re excited to show all this in action this week at EA Play Live.”

Here's a fuller description of the gameplay: "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.

Star Wars: Squadrons will offer rich cosmetic and gameplay customization options with rewards and bonuses that are earned solely through gameplay. As players move up the ranks, they’ll earn components such as weapons, hulls, engines and shields to customize the performance of their starfighters; and gain cosmetic items to customize their cockpit, ship exteriors, and appearance of their pilot. In addition, players will be able to squad up with their friends and play against others, regardless of platform."

Fortunately, the game will also feature a single-player story for non-multiplayer fans that "brings to life events following the Battle of Endor when the Rebel Alliance has successfully destroyed the Death Star II. Through the story, players  will learn what it means to be a pilot as they battle from the alternating perspectives of two customizable pilots, one serving in the New Republic’s heroic Vanguard Squadron, while the other fights for the Galactic Empire’s fearsome Titan Squadron." The single-player game also promises "some cameos from familiar faces in the Star Wars galaxy."

Squadrons is available for preorder and will be released Oct. 2, 2020.

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