EA, Motive, and Lucasfilm want to thank fans playing Star Wars: Squadrons. How are they doing this? By adding new content to the game for free. First, Fostar Haven will be added as a map in Fleet Battles and Dogfights. At the same time, a Boost Extension Kit, Rockets, Prototype Piercing Torpedoes, and an Anti-Material Rocket Turret will be added as new ship components for you to customize your favorite ships. Both of these will drop in the same update on November 25.
Set in a remote, lawless area of space under the light of twin stars, this map has been updated from its story mode counterpart to provide a new experience that should fit well with the other six maps. In the Prologue of Squadrons, which is set at the height of the Galactic Civil War, Fostar Haven was an isolated trading station that welcomed smugglers and pirates. Helix Squadron was sent there to search the cargo docks for Alderaanian refugees.
The Boost Extension Kit will provide Bombers and Fighters with a full boost that recharges over the course of the battle. Ion Rockets are being added to the arsenals of Fighters and Interceptors to help out the bombers and bring down flagships and capital ships a little quicker. Bombers and Fighters are also getting the Prototype Piercing Torpedoes to hurt capital ships before the shields have been taken down. Finally, the Anti-Material Rocket Turret will be available to the U-Wing and TIE Reaper to help target and bring down capital ship subsystems.
While the November update sounds awesome, there’s even more to get excited about. In December, an update will go out with new ships for players to enjoy. New Republic players will be able to pilot the infamous B-Wing while Galactic Empire pilots will gain access to the TIE Defender. The B-Wing will be classified as a Bomber, while the TIE Defender will have the role of Fighter.
These two starfighters are as powerful as they are iconic, though understandably balanced out for the purposes of the game. The B-wing will be categorized as a Bomber-class starfighter and the TIE defender will be a Fighter, each being able to use the components relevant to their faction and class, but they’ll also come with their own unique aspects in line with what you’d expect from them, such as the B-wing with its gyro-cockpit and swiveling wings and the TIE defender with its shields.
The December update will also bring Custom Matches to the game. This will allow players to create customized multiplayer matches, tweaking the number of players, which maps, capital ship health, and much more. The goal was to make community-run tournaments even better, and I think the players will love this.
Finally, the game’s Creative Director, Ian Frazier, sent out the following letter:
From the earliest days, Squadrons has been a labor of love for our team, starting with just a handful of developers whose fond childhood memories of flying X-wings and TIE fighters in other games inspired us to create something new.
Ever since the launch of the game, it’s been an incredible joy to see players around the world climbing into the cockpits of their favorite starfighters, immersing themselves in fleet battles, building squadrons of their own throughout the community, and generally just sharing in the sheer love of Star Wars space combat that has fueled this project since its inception.
Your enthusiastic support for Squadrons has enabled us to expand upon it further in all the ways outlined above, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. I’m particularly excited about the Custom Matches feature because it will allow you, the community, to take more ownership of the game and create your own experiences for a long time to come.
Thank you for putting your faith in us, thank you for joining the Squadrons community, and thank you for helping us to make the game even better through all your feedback. And especially, a big thanks to those of you who supported us even before launch. It’s because of your backing that we were able to get a bit of a head start on concepting all this cool new stuff. You really did make a difference. Take care, and see you in the stars!
You can play Squadrons now on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.