Star Wars: Squadrons was revealed earlier this year from LucasFilm and Motive Studios, but our first look didn’t reveal much about the game’s promised single-player campaign. Now that Gamescom is in full swing, here is our first look at Star Wars: Squadrons and its single-player campaign.
The revealed single-player story trailer expands on what we first learned about Squadrons and how it alternates between player perspectives as they go between two customizable pilots to undertake opposing missions. On one hand, we are going to try to restore order to the Galactic Empire while the opposing experience is all about that Republic pride.
Star Wars: Squadrons story writer Joanna Berry also revealed more about the game in a recent blog post, including more about the writing inspiration behind the new story they are excited to tell. “Once we decided Squadrons would have a single-player story, the emerging gameplay set out the foundations,” said Berry. “Players would need to learn to fly ships from both factions, so I knew we’d be telling our story from both an Imperial and New Republic point of view. The story also had to work from a first-person perspective, mostly from the cockpit, with two customisable protagonists from opposing factions, while giving players the fun characters and memorable moments they expect from a Star Wars tale.
“One of the most interesting things about the time period Squadrons is set in—only a few months after the Battle of Endor—is that while we, the audience, know how all this ends, from our characters’ point of view there’s still a lot of uncertainty. The New Republic has only recently changed from a rebellion into a legitimate government with a galactic war on its hands. Meanwhile, the Empire has lost its Emperor, and the cracks are starting to show. Some Imperials are loyal, some are in denial, and while everyone agrees that the rebels must be destroyed, there are disagreements about what strategy to take—and who should lead.”
Berry also mentioned that she personally had a fun time writing from an almost Lawful Evil perspective, especially with the Imperial content, especially coming from Star Wars The Old Republic. Squadrons will give players a chance to see what’s it’s like to be loyal to the ‘dark side’ while also coming to terms with what that actually means.
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Star Wars: Squadrons is available to pre-order now before it arrives on October 2 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, and VR. Thoughts on the latest Star Wars adventure? Sound off with what you thought of the above trailer over on Twitter @PrimaGames!