Control the Odds with Star Wars Squadrons' Extensive Customization Options

Star Wars Squadrons customization extends to every aspect of your ship, plus some decoration options for the interior.

Ship customization is an integral part of Star Wars Squadrons, as we've been told from the beginning. But EA recently opened up about just how extensive Star Wars Squadrons customization is, with the various ship component types and how they will play into your strategies.

Most ships have seven component slots, four active and three passive:

  • Primary Weapon
  • Auxiliary (two slots for these)
  • Countermeasures
  • Hull
  • Shields
  • Engines

Ships without shields only have six component slots. Active components alter how your ship performs, while passive ones help keep you alive longer.

Each component type has multiple varieties, and all unlock through normal gameplay. For example, the primary weapons come in short burst and long-range types, among others. The auxiliary slots let you add things like repair droids and bombs, while countermeasures help you make a quick escape or at least let you go out with a big bang.

The three passive components are a bit more self-explanatory, though there are still plenty of varieties to customize your ship with. Some hulls resist cannon fire, while certain shield types work better, but recharge more slowly.

In short, there's a lot to take into consideration when creating your ideal ship. Or not, if you so choose. You can use the base ships without doing a single thing to them if you want, though lead gameplay designer James Clement encourages players to experiment with different components:

...the combat piloting experience has significant depth. You can learn the ropes quickly, yet you can look forward to discovering new techniques and tactics for months to come.

You're free to customize your pilots and cockpit interiors if you so wish, with decorations pulled from throughout the Star Wars universe, like Stormtrooper dongles and crystals from Crait's mines. All these and your ship builds can be saved into one of five loadout slots to make for faster switching when you need or want to change out your current build.

Star Wars Squadrons is set for release on October 2 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Squadrons news, and be sure to check out the Star Wars Squadrons gameplay trailer if you haven't already.

[Source: EA]


Josh Broadwell started gaming in the early '90s. But it wasn't until 2017 he started writing about them, after finishing two history degrees and deciding a career in academia just wasn't the best way forward. You'll usually find him playing RPGs, strategy games, or platformers, but he's up for almost anything that seems interesting.

Published Aug. 14th 2020

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