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New Star Wars: Squadrons Short Film Introduces One of the Game’s Characters

September 15, 2020 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Star Wars: Squadrons Hunted

Star Wars: Squadrons launches in just a couple of weeks, and a new short film has been released hyping the game. You can check out the CG short film Hunted below, which was directed by Neel Upadhye and tells the story of Imperial pilot Varko Grey in the wake of another failed mission after the destruction of the second Death Star. Varko will be one of the characters that players encounter in the game’s single-player story.

Upadhye talked about the film in a piece on StarWars.com saying, “As we were getting closer to launch, we felt like we could benefit from doing something big and exciting that would just remind Star Wars fans out there how awesome it is to fly around in an X-wing and an A-wing, and reignite the love for the dogfight fantasy again.”

Star Wars: Squadrons arrives October 2 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and virtual reality. The game is described as an “immersive, first-person space dogfighting experience” set in the Star Wars universe with 5v5 multiplayer dogfights, fleet battles, and an original story set during the final days of the Galactic Empire and the rise of the New Republic. It is described as follows:

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, as cross-play will be supported on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, and VR.

Star Wars: Squadrons will also feature a single-player story 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 authentic story features a diverse cast of original characters, as well as some cameos from familiar faces in the Star Wars galaxy.