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Star Wars: Squadrons set for EA Play reveal

by Brent Koepp

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Microsoft digital store accidentally leaked a new Star Wars game, titled Squadrons, and now it's been confirmed to have a full reveal at EA Play on June 15.

The long rumored Star Wars project 'Maverick' was leaked on June 12, as artwork for the upcoming game was posted on Microsoft's store. The poster featured the film's classic ships such as the, X-Wing, Y-Wing, TIE-Fighter, and many more.

While the name may call back to the classic Rogue Squadron series, the release appears to be a celebration of the film's iconic aerial combat and will heavily center around multiplayer, with players taking each other on in epic space battles. EA has now confirmed that a full reveal will be coming on June 15.

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A listing on Microsoft's store leaked the upcoming Star Wars release.

Star Wars: Squadrons leaked

The title was first rumored back in early March, when PlayStation Network accidentally published information about an upcoming Star Wars title referred to as 'Maverick.' Microsoft's leak features the tag line 'Pilots Wanted.'

While not much is known about the release, various sources including VentureBeat describes the game as "an aerial/space combat game about piloting ships in head-to-head battles. The idea is to get players fighting against each other in team battles featuring iconic Star Wars vessels."

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The publication also confirmed that Squadrons will have have a single-player campaign, but that player's shouldn't expect a full blown story given that it's reportedly on the shorter side of things.
Journalist Jeff Grubb clarified that the mode would only be a few hours in length in a tweet on June 12. "It has a single-player campaign that is a few hours long. But the focus is on multiplayer space combat," he said.

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It will apparently be a focused on multiplayer.
While it may not be the exact Rogue Squadron sequel that fans have long been waiting for, the idea of having access to nearly every ship in Star Wars will no doubt be a hit with players.

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Following the leak, EA revealed in a tweet that the game will be shown during their EA Play event on June 15. "Tune in for the reveal trailer of #StarWarsSquadrons this Monday, June 15th at 8:00 AM Pacific Time," it read, alongside the promo image leaked earlier.

Though there's no release date currently known, the title is reportedly set to release this Fall for PC and consoles, but more information will be revealed during the event.

The sci-fi franchise has had a long history with making space combat video games. Rogue Squadron made its epic debut on the Nintendo 64 back in 1998, and kicked off a full blown series that spanned across multiple generations.