‘Star Wars: Attack Squadrons’ Doesn’t Look Very Good

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For veteran PC gamers and longtime space sim fans, 2013 was a very exciting year. We saw Chris Roberts, the man behind Wing Commander and Starlancer, return to gaming with a new studio to break every crowdfunding record imaginable for Star Citizen, an exciting and ambitious space sim that supports practically everything gamers want from a PC space sim. We also witnessed the evolution of Oculus Rift virtual reality headset into one of the most impressive and exciting pieces of gaming tech on the horizon, tech that inspired a small team of developers from CCP Games’s EVE Online MMO team to craft a space sim concept into an actual game dubbed EVE: Valkyrie.

And for Star Wars fans, Disney signed a deal with Electronic Arts to help usher in the return of triple-A, industry-leading Star Wars video game experiences, something that began to fade away in the transition from the ’90s to the console-focused 2000s. With space sims making a long-awaited resurgence, PC gaming flourishing and Star Wars seemingly back on track, fans of the genre are still hoping to see a return of the X-Wing franchise. Instead, we have Star Wars: Attack Squadrons.

We first heard about Star Wars: Attack Squadrons back in July when Lucasfilm picked up a plethora of “Attack Squadron” related website domain names. We figured at the time that it could be one of the many Star Wars titles Electronic Arts was planning but as it turns out, that’s not the case. Instead, Star Wars: Attack Squadrons is being developed by new developer Area 52 Games, in conjunction with Disney Interactive and LucasArts.

There’s little to no information on the Area 52 official website but they claim to be comprised of industry veterans and develop PC and mobile games. Attack Squadrons is a free-to-play PvP space sim for PC that looks as if it’s made strictly for mobile, going by the depressingly dated visuals presented in the five currently available screenshots:

Star Wars Attack Squadrons Screenshot 3 X-Wing

When did X-Wing windows become so tinted? The screenshots also depict notable Star Wars ships from the entire saga, including a Droid command ship from Episode I, and a Corellian Corvette and Imperial Star Destroyer from the original trilogy.

Star Wars: Attack Squadrons is strictly a 16-player PvP game with three basic modes: Free-for-All, Dogfight, and Base Defense. The idea is that players will pay for ships and ship customization options but we’re unimpressed with the initial unveil since it appears to offer so much less than the 14-year-old X-Wing Alliance game, and so much less than EVE: Valkyrie and Star Citizen are aiming to deliver – two IPs that have nowhere near as much brand recognition or resources.

Until we see gameplay that proves otherwise, this seems like a project designed to milk the brand and iconic ships via microtransactions and offers – from what’s described – nothing new or interesting. They might as well have re-released X-Wing vs. Tie Fighter and X-Wing Alliance with updated graphics. Even the cinematic teaser up top is unimpressive.

Let’s hope EA can deliver on the space sim sections of DICE’s Star Wars: Battlefront reboot and that someone make a new X-Wing/Tie Fighter game. We’ll take another Rogue Squadron too!

Check out the official site here to sign up for the beta.

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TAGS: Disney Interactive, LucasArts, Star Wars, Star Wars: Attack Squadrons

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  1. and so begins the wringing and butchering of my favorite movie franchise… *sigh*

    • Because that hasn’t been going on for decades already.

      • Seriously! That started in the 80′s with the worst parts of Jedi.

  2. I think I remember the N64 Rogue Squadron promos being more exciting looking, lol.

    • Seems like they are already banking a little too hard on nostalgia. That R2-D2 noise was timed weird… It was just a banking turn and R2-D2 flips out? It feels like the trailer is saying “Hey remember when R2-D2 made that noise? You liked that didn’t you?? Well here it is in our game! Please buy it.”

      Just me?

      • @SV

        Yep, it definitely seems like they are trying to check all of the boxes, even the Han Solo jumping in and doing his cheer… Pretty cheesy…

  3. Looks like a fan made trailer. Especially the voice acting. Just horrible

  4. And to think, we could have had 1313….

    • well Battlefront 3 should at least keep some of us hopeful. im still leery of it however. i dont have the faith in DICE that they wont release some kind of multiplayer only FPS. Star Wars’ video game future looks pretty rocky to me.

  5. here i am waiting for another Rogue Squadron game and this is what we get…….with microtransactions to boot.

  6. Rogue Squadron was bollox. X-Wing Vs TIE fighter was my favourite Star Wars game of all time.

    They could just re-release that game with online multiplayer and I’d be in heaven.

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