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Star Wars: Squadrons set for EA Play reveal

Published: 12/Jun/2020 17:18 Updated: 28/Jul/2020 16:28

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.

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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.’

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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.”

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.
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.

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Apex Legends Evo shields are being nerfed again in Season 7

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:12 Updated: 8/Oct/2020 1:28

by Alan Bernal

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The Evo Shields in Apex Legends are set for another balance update that could come in Season 7, as Respawn are still fine-tuning how the armor upgrades to its max level.

Respawn brought the Evo Shields in the System Override patch in March, then made them a staple in the battle royale later on. Ever since then, the studio has been trying to find the right balance with the armor and its scaling defense as the game continues.

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As for the studio, the hunt for that equilibrium to the item will continue as Respawn Game Designer Daniel Z. Klein indicated that players could have an increased damage threshold to hit before getting a fully evolved shield.

This change is still in the implementation phases, however, since Respawn need to tinker with the game’s networking to actually bring in the patch.

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The Evo Armor values for max level will change, most likely in Season 7.

“We have a change planned for red Evo Shields for patch 7.0, but it required a little networking work (don’t ask; game dev is dumb) so we couldn’t ship it in 6.1,” Klein responded to a player who noticed there weren’t any changes to the shields in the Aftermarket update. “The plan is to increase the damage required to go to Red.”

At the time of writing, the Evo Shields need 500 damage inflicted to reach max level. That requirement is going to change, although the developer gave no indication for how much.

Complaints about the gear stem from how many people seem to have a fully upgraded Evo early in games.

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Though this could be attributed to the typical gunfight fiestas that happen at any major POI after dropping into the Arena, the problem is going to get a closer look within the studio.

There’s no word if there will also be a change to the armor max Evo Shields provide, but it’s not likely since Respawn tuned that not too long ago when Season 6 started.

In any case, the company is hoping the next round of changes will leave Apex Legends in a healthier state as it concerns the popular Evo Shields in the game.

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