Disney has provided a first glimpse at its upcoming Star Wars game, Star Wars: Attack Squadrons, with a teaser trailer showing the game in action. Plus it has opened up a program to apply to be a beta tester ahead of the game's full release.
Star Wars: Attack Squadron
The new game will be a free to play title that sees players take control of fighter-class Star Wars spaceships to battle it out in deep space. It will be World of Warplanes in space, or X-Wing vs Tie-Fighter online, if you will.
There will be three game modes to choose from, compromising of Free For All (up to 16 players), Team Dogfight and Base Defence. Players can play alone or they can join in with friends via a built-in community.
Battles will take place in the skies above "fabled Star Wars locations", such as around the Death Star, above Star Destroyers or the Lucre-Hulk space station of the trade federation.
With a free to play business model, Disney will be aiming to make money via in-app purchases, with players able to buy upgrades and new items for their ships. Disney also promises there will be "new ships, items and upgrades every month." Players will also be able to earn new items via in-game rewards.
No release date has yet been mentioned for the game, though those interested can currently sign up for the chance to take part in beta testing of the game.
Star Wars: Attack Squadrons is one of the first games announced since Disney's buyout of the LucasArts/LucasFilm brands earlier this year. Following the buyout LucasArts was closed, ending development of the much anticipated Star Wars 1313, a gritty third-person game centring on the bounty hunters of the Star Wars universe. All new Star Wars games will now be licensed out, with Area52 Games
working on Attack Squadrons.