EA confirms Star Wars: Squadrons is real, official reveal coming next week

Electronic Arts has confirmed that Star Wars: Squadrons, an upcoming game that leaked earlier today, will be officially unveiled on June 15.

Star Wars: Squadrons first came to notice unintentionally when, as reported by Gamespot, a "Pilots wanted" image, along with a non-functional preorder link, appeared briefly on the front page of Xbox.com. It was quickly taken down, but not before being widely noticed and shared.

EA hasn't shared any details about the game yet, but it seems sure to be some kind of space combat game. The image features a Rebel and Imperial pilot flexing up for a faceoff, while starfighters from both sides charging headlong at each other in the foreground. The YouTube title also pointedly states, "Pilots wanted," and you don't hire pilots to shoot at each other from trenches. My fingers are crossed for a TIE Fighter-style singleplayer game, but the art suggests that a multiplayer focus is more likely.

It's possible that this is the final title for Project Maverick, an unannounced Star Wars game that, in an amusing twist, was leaked in March by the PSN Releases Twitter bot. The artwork that slipped out then was less on-the-nose, but it did feature a squadron of X-Wings being pursued by a Star Destroyer through an asteroid field, again suggesting that some kind of yank-and-bank shenanigans are in store. A Star Destroyer can also be seen in the full Squadrons art that EA shared on Twitter.

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We'll get a clearer picture of what's going on next week: The Star Wars: Squadrons reveal trailer will go live at 8 am PT/11 am ET on June 15.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.