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Star Wars: Squadrons leaks, official reveal coming June 15

EA confirms new Star Wars game

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artwork of a Rebel pilot and an Imperial pilot, with a variety of starfighters, from Star Wars: Squadrons Image: Electronic Arts
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A new, unannounced Star Wars game titled Star Wars: Squadrons appears to have leaked through a piece of artwork posted on on Friday, seemingly ahead of an official announcement from publisher Electronic Arts.

The artwork shows a Rebel pilot and an Imperial TIE Fighter pilot standing back to back, and a series of starfighters (X-Wing, A-Wing, Y-Wing, TIE Fighter, TIE Bomber, TIE Reaper) about to clash. The Xbox website also displays the tagline “Pilots wanted” and includes a pre-order button that points to a broken link. No other details about the game were visible.

The project may be the final title of the game that leaked through the PlayStation Store in March: Star Wars: Project Maverick. Like Squadrons, Project Maverick featured artwork that implied starship battles between original-trilogy Empire and Rebellion forces. The project is rumored to be the next title from EA’s Motive Studio, and is reportedly a “smaller, more unusual project” from the studio formerly headed by Jade Raymond, who has since moved on to Google.

Electronic Arts is holding a digital event on June 18 called EA Play Live that promises “world premieres, news and more.”

Update (2:10 p.m. EDT): Electronic Arts officially confirmed Star Wars: Squadrons on Twitter after the leak, and promised to reveal the game on Monday, June 15, at 11 a.m. EDT/8 a.m. PDT on YouTube.

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