EA just shared a cool new short to promote the Star Wars: Squadrons game.
A new short is flying onto the internet today straight from EA and Star Wars, and it’s set to promote the upcoming game Star Wars: Squadrons.
The short, called Hunted, clocks in at just under 7 minutes, but it’ll definitely leave you wanting more by the time you reach the end. The story follows a battle in space between the Rebels and the Imperials just after the Battle of Endor. Of course, that was the final battle that led to the fall of the Empire. But now we see what happened to those outside of the main battle on a new planet, Var-Shaa, which is home to an Imperial dockyard.
Imperial pilot Varko Grey is the star of this short. Despite knowing that the war is now over, Varko is determined to save and avenge his squad by taking out the last Rebel pilot. The two go on an epic chase through Var-Shaa. And even though he’s victorious in avenging his squad, Varko is still set on defending the Empire no matter what. You can watch the entire clip for yourself below.
Watch Star Wars: Squadrons Hunted short
The short was in part produced by Industrial Light & Magic, the visual effects company founded by George Lucas. This probably explains why the rendering on the video was so top-notch in spite of it being just a video game. In fact, the effects are so close to what you’d see in any recent Star Wars live-action property that it’s only until you see faces that you remember it’s for a game and not a real, live-action movie.
Speaking on the creation of the short, EA’s Neel Upadhye told StarWars.com that around March, they came up with the idea to help bring back fans’ love for Star Wars ships:
"As we were getting closer to launch, we felt like we could benefit from doing something big and exciting that would just remind Star Wars fans out there how awesome it is to fly around in an X-wing and an A-wing, and reignite the love for the dogfight fantasy again."
The Hunter clip may have been told from the perspective of an Imperial pilot, but Star Wars: Squadrons will let you play on both Team Empire and Team Rebels — so you’ll never have to compromise. Despite EA receiving some flack for its latest Star Wars drop — The Sims 4’s Star Wars: Journey to Batuu pack — the clip has fans hopeful that this will be another successful Star Wars game from the company.
Star Wars: Squadrons is out on Oct. 2 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.