As if the wait for Star Wars: Battlefront couldn’t get any more intense, along comes a trailer showing a new thrilling gameplay mode: Fighter Squadron.
In the upcoming game, you’ll have the opportunity to pilot some of the most iconic Star Wars ships and take to the skies in 20-player aerial dogfights with your friends, parents and that little kid across the street who annoys you all the time.
At Electronic Arts’ press conference during this year’s Gamescom trade conference, the publisher unveiled a trailer for the Fighter Squadron mode that will give gamers the chance to pilot X-Wings, A-Wings, TIE fighters, and even the Millennium Falcon itself. In addition to the 20 player-controlled ships in each battle, the game will allow for up to 20 AI-piloted ships, making for 40 vs. 40 ship-to-ship melees.
“Visually, it’s extremely exhilarating. The sky is crawling of enemy ships, and you see sparks and explosions from ships about to be taken down. On top of that, you’ve got this great music, sound design, and gameplay, making the whole thing feel like an authentic Star Wars dogfight,” said associate designer Peter Forman in a statement on the game’s website.
This comes after EA and developer DICE recently revealed Blast, another game mode that introduces close-combat, Jedi-like fighting in 10 versus 10 team deathmatches between Imperial and Rebel forces.
The game is expected to be one of the biggest titles of 2015, with EA CFO Blake Jorgensen saying in a recent earnings call that the company is expecting to sell at least 9 to 10 million units in the next fiscal year alone. That would put it in competition with this year’s current leader, Mortal Kombat X, and will be comparable to last year’s top-selling video game Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, which moved close to 6 million copies, according to MSN.
Star Wars: Battlefront will be released for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on November 17th.