We now know why Star Wars: Squadrons has a low price point.
When Star Wars: Squadrons was first revealed, it was shown that the game will feature a $40 price tag. In an interview with GameSpot, game director Ian Frazier explains that the price point was to help generate curiosity about the game, and that he is not too concerned with the game's price leading to a poor perception of the upcoming title.
"Sure, it's a risk, but ultimately this game is a very focused game, right?" Frazier stated in the interview with GameSpot. "This is not trying to be all things to all people. This is a Star Wars pilot game for people that want to be a pilot in Star Wars. What is the price point to reflect that? And at the same time, we know that a lot of people go, 'Flight games? I don't know about that. I've never tried that before. Not so sure.' And my hope is that that price point helps people that normally wouldn't consider a flight game go, 'For $40, let me check that out.' I think it's something that folks can be encouraged to give it a whirl. I think they can have a good time."
Star Wars: Squadrons was first revealed last month. The game will have a single-player mode that takes place after the events of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. The mode puts players in the shoes of pilots on both sides of the game's conflict. Two multiplayer modes have been revealed so far, and will be 5v5 battles. The first mode is Fleet Battles, where players are tasked with destroying the other side's flagship. The second mode is Dogfights, which has each team try to destroy as many enemies as possible. All upgrades that players will be able to use are earned through gameplay, and include weapons, hulls, and shields. There will also be the option for players to customize their pilot and cockpit.
Earlier this month EA gave details on the ships that players will be using in Squadrons. There are four classes, with one ship in that class for both factions. You can read about the different types of ships that will be available to players here.
Star Wars: Squadrons will release on October 2nd for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.