The New Star Wars Game is Free-to-Play and All About Space Combat
"Star Wars" and videogames go hand in hand. How many times now have we flown the attack on the Death Star or engaged in dogfights throughout space, dodging green lasers and blowing up countless TIE fighters? Every console or computer worth its salt had a "Star Wars" game associated with it and even though EA now has the license for the big games, Disney still holds the license to Star Wars titles on mobile and social platforms. They're not going to let that go anytime soon and thus we now have Star Wars: Attack Squadrons.
According to the official site "Star Wars : Attack Squadrons is a free-to-play online space combat game where players customize iconic Star Wars ships and engage in high-velocity 16 player dogfights in fabled Star Wars locations."
Based on the screens and announcement trailer (below), you can expect to see at least X-Wing fighters, Y-Wing fighters, TIE fighters, and TIE Advanced, as well as the Millenium Falcon. Only one location has been shown so far but it's one you'd expect- the Death Star.
It will feature Player vs. Player action- in three different modes; free for all 16 player death matches, Team Dogfights, and Base Defense mode where you have to defend your own base while coordinating an attack on your enemy's base. Rewards earned after each successful match can be used to unlock new items and upgrades, although there likely will be an option to just purchase them outright. (It is free-to-play, after all.) They are also promising regular updates every month, with new ships, items and upgrades joining the fray.
Interested gamers can sign up for the Beta after creating a Disney account on the Star Wars: Attack Squadrons website.
For the low price of nothing it's hard to not at least give this game a try if you're a "Star Wars" fan, but don't forget that the real deal is on the way. EA still has that "Star Wars" license now and is working hard on a new Battlefront game for next-gen consoles, and if that doesn't wow us than they're doing something wrong. Especailly since it will use the new Frostbite 3 engine.