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Below is a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding Star Wars: Squadrons. Many questions and their answers have been collected from the official Discord server for Squadrons, where community managers such as Jay Ingram frequently visit and respond to messages about the game.

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Release[edit | edit source]

When is the game being released?[edit | edit source]

October 2, 2020.

Will there be a collector's edition?[edit | edit source]

No.

Is there pre-order bonus content?[edit | edit source]

Yes. The pre-order bonus content includes exclusive customization options for your pilot and starfighter for both the New Republic and Galactic Empire.[1]

Will there be a pre-download?[edit | edit source]

Yes, it is available starting September 28, 2020.[2]

Supported Platforms and Crossplay[edit | edit source]

What platforms are supported?[edit | edit source]

PC, Xbox One, and PS4.

Will VR be supported?[edit | edit source]

Yes, on both PC and PS4. You can play the game entirely in VR!

What point-of-views (POVs) are supported?[edit | edit source]

The game is entirely in first-person.  The only third-person is spectator mode.

Does the game support cross-play across platforms?[edit | edit source]

Yes.

Can you invite someone to your party from another platform?[edit | edit source]

Yes.[3] You can have a party with people from different platforms.

Does the game support voice chat?[edit | edit source]

Yes, even cross-platform.[4]

Technical Questions[edit | edit source]

What input methods will be supported on PC?[edit | edit source]

Keyboard/mouse, hands on throttle-and-stick (HOTAS), and controller.

Is TrackIR supported on PC?[edit | edit source]

TrackIR is currently not supported. [5]

What input methods will be supported on consoles?[edit | edit source]

Controller and HOTAS.[6][7] HOTAS support will be added in a patch that will drop on the day of release.[7]

Game Modes[edit | edit source]

What are the game modes?[edit | edit source]

There are three game modes: the singleplayer campaign and two multiplayer modes: Dogfight and Fleet Battles.

What do you do in Dogfight?[edit | edit source]

In Dogfight, your team tries to defeat as many starfighters as they can; the enemy team will be doing the same. Whichever side reaches the elimination goal first, or has the most kills by the time the match timer runs out, wins.[8]

What do you do in Fleet Battles?[edit | edit source]

In Fleet Battles, you work with your team to destroy the enemy's flagship. There are three stages that you must complete.

Is there a ranked mode?[edit | edit source]

Yes, Fleet Battles is ranked.[9]

How many players can there be in the multiplayer modes?[edit | edit source]

Every mode is 5v5.

Campaign and Lore[edit | edit source]

What time in the Star Wars lore is the singleplayer campaign based?[edit | edit source]

It starts right after the first Death Star has destroyed Alderaan in A New Hope. Most of the campaign is after the Battle of Endor (post-Return of the Jedi).

Do you fight for the Rebels or the Empire in the campaign?[edit | edit source]

You fight for both factions. You have a character for the New Republic (formerly the Rebel Alliance) and a character for the Galactic Empire and you switch between them depending on the mission. This way, you experience the story from both the "bad guy" and "good guy" perspectives.

Can you customize your campaign character?[edit | edit source]

Yes. You can change their appearance as well as their name.

Customization[edit | edit source]

Is there ship customization?[edit | edit source]

Yes. You can customize the abilities of your ship has as well as how your ship looks.

What type of visual customization is available for your ship?[edit | edit source]

You can customize the exterior of your ship and you can also customize the inside of the cockpit with small trinkets and bobble-heads. Visual ship customization is available for both factions.

Can you customize your pilot's visual appearance?[edit | edit source]

Yes. You can do this anytime that you are not in a multiplayer match. Additionally, your pilot's appearance in the campaign can be customized.

Are some customization options locked behind microtransactions?[edit | edit source]

No, all customization options can be unlocked through gameplay and/or playtime.[10]

Can you change your pilot's name?[edit | edit source]

Yes.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

What types of ships do the AI fly?[edit | edit source]

All of the ships: Fighter, Bomber, Interceptor, and Support.

Can I side with a specific faction (New Republic or Galactic Empire)?[edit | edit source]

You can select a faction to prioritize when you look for a match in multiplayer, but it is unlikely you'll be able to exclusively play as one faction.[11]

In Fleet Battles, can you go straight to the enemy flagship and try to destroy it?[edit | edit source]

Yes, but the flagship is heavily armed and you won't have support from your AI fighters, making it difficult to do so.[12]

Do the capital ships move around during Fleet Battles?[edit | edit source]

Yes.[13]

How is my initial rank in Fleet Battles determined?[edit | edit source]

Your initial rank will be determined through a series of placement matches.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Ea.png Pre-order Star Wars™: Squadrons on PC on the official Star Wars: Squadrons website.
  2. Pre-download date as listed on Origin. (screenshot)
  3. Discord.svg Jay Ingram (Charlemagne#7127) on the official Star Wars: Squadrons Discord server"Also, to whomever asked, a player from any platform can invite someone from any other platform to play with them. I'll make sure we detail how in the future so it's clear to everyone." (screenshot) (link to message)
  4. Discord.svg Jay Ingram (Charlemagne#7127) on the official Star Wars: Squadrons Discord server"Voice chat is cross-platform, yes." (screenshot) (link to message)
  5. https://twitter.com/tibermoon/status/1304460778490277890?s=19
  6. Discord.svg Jay Ingram (Charlemagne#7127) on the official Star Wars: Squadrons Discord server"@Rogue181st_Hank, yes. I'll flag PS4 HOTAS to the team, but assume only PC HOTAS." (screenshot) (link to message)
  7. 7.0 7.1 https://twitter.com/tibermoon/status/1304437148326809600?s=20
  8. Discord.svg Jay Ingram (Charlemagne#7127) on the official Star Wars: Squadrons Discord server"No, it's up to a score cap." (screenshot) (link to message)
  9. Discord.svg Jay Ingram (Charlemagne#7127) on the official Star Wars: Squadrons Discord server"Fleet Battles in and of itself is ranked." (screenshot) (link to message)
  10. Discord.svg Jay Ingram (Charlemagne#7127) on the official Star Wars: Squadrons Discord server"@Manipulatte, no hard numbers to provide right now, but all customization options (cosmetics and upgrades) are earned via gameplay. Some have different sources, but most can just be unlocked when you've progressed enough." (screenshot) (link to message)
  11. Discord.svg Jay Ingram (Charlemagne#7127) on the official Star Wars: Squadrons Discord server"'Because of the uniqueness between ships and factions, you’ll have the option to have matchmaking prioritize which faction you prefer to play a part of, be it for loyalty or functionality.'" (screenshot) (link to message)
  12. Discord.svg Jay Ingram (Charlemagne#7127) on the official Star Wars: Squadrons Discord server"There are AI throughout all of Fleet Battles. The phase set up in the gameplay reveal is how the battle plays out, but you can theoretically go attack the flagship from the get go. You just won't have any help and will likely get taken out super quick." (screenshot) (link to message)
  13. Discord.svg Jay Ingram (Charlemagne#7127) on the official Star Wars: Squadrons Discord server"Fleet Battles in and of itself is ranked." (screenshot) (link to message)
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