Disney Announces Free-to-Play Space Combat Game Star Wars: Attack Squadrons

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Come in Red Leader.  Did I hear you correctly?  We have the go ahead to attack?

Now that Disney owns the Star Wars license, it is no surprise that we would eventually hear about new gaming projects. What is a surprise is the fact that Star Wars: Attack Squadrons looks and sounds like a modern day revival of the old school X-Wing and Tie Fighter games.

Developed by mobile and PC game developer Area 52, Star Wars: Attack Squadrons is described as a free-to-play online space dogfighting game. Here are some details that were passed along by Bothan spies:

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Intense PvP Action:

Battle Online in 3 PvP game modes
– Free For All: Fight for glory in 16 player death matches.
– Team Dogfight: Join a team and decimate the enemy team.
– Base Defense: Defend your base or coordinate an attack on your enemy’s base

Ship Customization:
Upgrade and personalize your ships as you collect and modify them to your own specifications.  (The video shows X-wings with Wampa decals!)

Team Play:
Team up with your friends and develop a community of Starfighter Pilots. (Create your own Rogue Squadron!)

Rewards:
Earn points after successful matches to unlock new items and upgrades.

Regular Updates:
New ships, items and upgrades every month.

While I’m excited to learn more about this upcoming title, I can’t help but think that this game will end up in the same bucket of Disney and Star Wars games along the lines of Club Penguin or Clone Adventures. Both have fun appeal to younger games with the hook of monthly member advantage perks. I just hope this model doesn’t spoil the love and memories I have for the space combat games I played for hours on end in college.

Currently there is a beta sign up at the Star Wars: Attack Squadrons website with a tease of more to come early next year. In the meanwhile, check out the reveal video below.

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