I honestly didn’t think this would happen again!! Some of my earliest (and fondest) memories of being a Star Wars Fan are of playing X-Wing and Rogue Squadron. I was terrible at both games (it took me forever to get past that ridiculous training mission where you fly an A-Wing through a crystal canyon, and I never got close to completing the Trench Run!) but I loved them and spent many a happy hour in a starfighter cockpit waiting for the pixelated smudge in my screen to become a pixelated TIE Fighter!
Lucasarts hadn’t brought out a fighter game in years so when I heard the rumours about ‘project Maverick’ I took them with a pinch of salt and even when this game was announced I preapred myself to believe it was a mobile game so I wouldn’t be disappointed.
I am not disappointed. We are getting a full-on starfighter game with a story campaign that lets you play as the New Republic and the Imperial Remnant and multiplayer modes that sound like a lot of fun. I’m going to dig into the trailer now and give a few reactions.
I’m not gonna lie, seeing the X-Wing Pilot divert power to the engines made me seriously geek out. This was one of the features of the old X-Wing games which let you divert power between engines, shields and weapons depending on whether you needed to get out quick, soak up some damage as you approached a capital ship or take out an enemy fighter with rapid fire. I’m glad to see that flexibility make a return.
The opening dogfight opening into a space battle was so cool. My guess is the asteroid field it takes place in is the shattered moon of Galitan, a location mentioned on the website
I’m wondering if returning to the hangars is a gameplay feature. If your fighter takes too much damage you have to return to the hangar and wait for repairs or hop into a new fighter.
And the nerds go wild!! We see a Starhawk capital ship (previously mentioned in the Aftermath trilogy and first visually depicted in the tebletop game Armada) holding it’s own against a Star Destroyer. Also around the table are Hera Syndulla of Rebels fame, who has had indirect cameos in Rogue One and The Rise of Skywalker but it’s nice to see her face in new media. But this is the moment that assured me this game has a deep lore-driven story.
This shot got me excited too as it features a design that’s brand new, well to me at least! I can’t tell if they are ships or orbital installations, but they’re weird and cool and I love it!
So, it looks like the squadron roster for the New Republic is X-Wing, Y-Wing, A-Wing and U-Wing which is a nice mix of roles and abilities
And on the Imperial side we have TIE Fighter, Bomber, Interceptor and Reaper which are clearly counterbalances to the New Republic options. I’m particularly excited about flying a TIE Reaper, which is an awesome design!!
There’s more to be revealed on Thursday so I’ll leave it there for now!!