Excited about Star Wars: Squadrons? Check out pilot and ship customization options!

Excited about Star Wars: Squadrons? Check out pilot and ship customization options!

One of the rather exciting games that was announced during the 'Summer of gaming' was EA's new IP, Star Wars: Squadrons. The game puts you in the cockpit of a pilot in the Star Wars universe and you need to battle it out with your foes in intense 5v5 dogfights.

That alone is enough to get us hooked on to the game. However, EA have now given us some insight into the customization options available to players. Players will be able to customize their characters and ships. So, here's what you need to know.

Customization isn't just about looks, it ties into gameplay

The customization and personalization options will enable players to adjust both their starfighters and their personal play style in a variety of ways.

Most fighters will have seven component slots, three passive and four active, that can be equipped with unlockable components. Fighters without shields will only have six.

Passive components include engines, hull, and shields, which can be swapped around to provide better performance in particular ways, often at the cost of lessened capabilities in others: A shield system that has higher resistance to blaster fire but is more vulnerable to missiles, for instance, or engines that grant greater maneuverability but reduced top speed.

There are also primary weapons, two auxiliary components, and countermeasures. These often tend to be more situational. Ion cannons will rip shields apart much more quickly than standard laser cannons and can be used to disable enemy ships, which make them very useful for captures, but they don't do much hull damage and so aren't great in a stand-up fight.

You can also opt for things like a higher rate of fire in exchange for lower damage output, a sensor jammer that prevents weapon locks, a tractor beam, or an astromech unit that can repair damage while in battle.

To make things more personal, there are cosmetic items for your ships and your pilot, including headgear, flight suits, fighter heraldry, and all the stuff you can clutter your cockpit with.

EA has stated that all of these will be visible in multiplayer games, but players will have the option to switch it off, if they don't want it.

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