Star Wars Squadrons is likely to be one of the last Star Wars games for this current generation, with Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga likely being the real finale. Fans were surprised to see another multiplayer Star Wars game from EA that wasn’t named Battlefront and the fact that it’s focused on space shooting does intrigue us. Even more intriguing is the affordable $40 price tag, making it cheaper than Battlefront II and Jedi: Fallen Order when they launched.
During an interview with GameSpot, COO and CFO Blake Jorgensen stated that it was about the game’s scope. While he reiterates that Squadrons is going to be an excellent game, he did mention how this won’t be as big when compared to Battlefront II or even Jedi: Fallen Order. It is a pretty noble thing for EA to do but this likely means this game won’t receive the same support as Battlefront II did.
We designed [Squadrons] to really focus on what we heard from consumers, which is one of their greatest fantasies, and that's to be able to fly an X-Wing fighter, a Tie Fighter, and be in a dogfight. And so it doesn't have the breadth of some of our games, but it is still an incredible game, and so that's why we chose to price it at a slightly lower level, to also allow access to as many people as possible who have that Star Wars fantasy.
The fact that Squadrons is going to be a bit smaller than previous Star Wars games isn’t too surprising, given the price. Most games that are priced at $40 are usually smaller than the big $60 ones, though you could argue that smaller indie games are even cheaper but that’s a different topic for another time.
Star Wars Squadrons will be coming out on October 2 for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC.