Upcoming EA Title, Star Wars Squadrons will cost only $40 as opposed to other EA games
Electronic Arts said in June that the upcoming starfighter simulation game Star Wars: Squadrons will have "zero microtransactions," which was kind of surprising given the number of cosmetics that pilots will apparently be able to spiff up their ships with.
Along with that, what is surprising is that the purchase price is $40, significantly lower than, for instance, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, or the new Madden and FIFA games, all of which clock in at $60. Even Battlefield 5, which is coming up on two years old, costs more than Squadrons.
Star Wars Squadrons isn't on the same scale as the other games
The reason for that, Electronic Arts chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen explained, is simply that Squadrons is a more focused and specific experience than many other EA games, which offer a lot more content.
"Games all have different scales, and most of our games right now have huge scale. We designed this game to really focus on what we heard from consumers, which is one of their greatest fantasies, and that's to be able to fly an X-Wing fighter or TIE Fighter, and be in a dogfight."
He went on to state that "it doesn't have the breadth of some of our games, but it's still an incredible game. And so that's why we chose to price it at a slightly lower level—and to also allow access to as many people as possible who had that Star Wars fantasy."
"In this case, this is a very deep and immersive game, and $40 felt like the right price point given the breadth of the game. We wanted it to be a wholly self-contained experience that was deeply immersive in that fantasy," explained Electronic Arts CEO, Andrew Wilson.
Since Star Wars Squadrons will be a multiplayer game, it is likely that EA could monetize other aspects of the game in the future. At any rate, this is going to be one of the most interesting Star Wars games of the year and you really shouldn't miss out on it.