Last December, Disney announced Star Wars: Attack Squadrons, a free-to-play multiplayer Star Wars game somewhat in vein of the classic X-Wing and Tie Fighter games of long, long ago in a galaxy far, far away. The game managed to get to the closed beta stage of testing, and after several months of feedback, Disney has decided to alter their design document slightly, by shredding it completely and throwing it in the dumpster. According to the Attack Squadrons website, they have decided to cease development entirely so they could focus on other, non-terrible ventures. As of yesterday all content on the site has been scrapped entirely, except for this lone message:
“We want to thank all of the fans who participated in the closed beta of Star Wars: Attack Squadrons. After much consideration, we have decided to cease development so that we can focus on other Star Wars game experiences. We truly appreciate the time you spent engaging in the beta.”
The Tie Fighter and X-Wing games were things I grew up with, so I was initially excited to hear that we might be getting something even close to the original titles when rumors started emerging last winter. But then I heard it was a free-to-play and that excitement shriveled up more than a womp rat left out in a Tatooine desert. Murmurs starting to emerge from those involved in the closed beta were almost universally negative, so I view this whole thing as more of a mercy killing. Goodbye, Attack Squadrons, you will be missed.
Not by me. Or most fans of the old games. But by someone out there. Maybe.