KEY POINTS

  • Gamescom Opening Night Live shone a light on the narrative gameplay of "Star Wars: Squadrons"
  • A propaganda piece narrated by Princess Leia encouraged people to join the New Republic to end the war against what is left of the Galactic Empire
  • Suzanne Hunka, the narrative producer of EA’s Motive Studios for “Star Wars: Squadrons,” then gave an overview of the single-player gameplay for the title

“Star Wars: Squadrons” was front and center during Gamescom Opening Night Live as new details on the narrative gameplay was revealed from the upcoming game from Electronic Arts.

Polygon notes that a couple of key characters from the original “Star Wars” trilogy as well as one from the popular spinoff animated series were seen in the game’s new trailer. New hints were also dropped as to what single-player gameplay will be like for “Star Wars: Squadrons.”

The trailer opens with narration from Princess Leia Organa ranging from the Empire’s destruction of her homeworld of Alderaan to the Rebel Alliance’s blowing up the Death Star to end the reign of Emperor Palpatine. Leia warns, though, that even with the New Republic, the Empire lives on in a shattered form.

Leia warns that remnants of the Empire are attempting to end the New Republic before it even gets off the ground. The princess ends by trying to recruit pilots to join the New Republic so that this war can end at last.  

After that minute-long propaganda piece, Suzanne Hunka, narrative producer of EA’s Motive Studios for “Star Wars: Squadrons,” gave an overview of the single-player gameplay for the title. Hunka detailed that players will be flying as two pilots on opposite sides of the war.

While she confirmed that “Star Wars: Squadrons” can be played while fully immersed in VR, we’re shown an interaction with Wedge Antilles, one of the heroes of the original “Star Wars” trilogy who has already become the leader of Rogue Squadron during the game’s timeline.

The trailer then focused on an Imperial campaign as one deep cover agent is supposed to be extracted by the Titan squadron from the massive Starhawk battleship. This powerful new weapon that the New Republic built is over Hosnian Prime and you’ll need to take out its perimeter defenses.

Hunka then said that each mission will immerse players into the escalating conflict between the New Republic and the shattered Empire. During one debriefing session, Hera Syndulla from the animated series “Star Wars Rebels,” was also shown even as the different types of ships were briefly seen.

The end of the trailer showed the Starhawk engaging its powerful tractor beam, something supposedly ten times more powerful than anything the Empire possessed.

“Star Wars: Squadrons” was officially announced as a first-person dogfighting game in June. The expected release date is on Oct. 2 and will be priced at $39.99.

It will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC via Steam, Origin, and the Epic Games Store. It will also be compatible with PlayStation VR and PC VR systems and includes cross-play support across all platforms.