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Star Wars Outlaws release date and latest news

Check out the confirmed Star Wars Outlaws release date, alongside loads more info and news on Ubisoft's ambitious new Star Wars game.

Star Wars Outlaws release date: Kay Vess with her furry companion Nix sitting on her shoulder

When is the Star Wars Outlaws release date? It’s actually happening – Star Wars is finally going open world, and the Star Wars Outlaws release date could not come to PS5 and Xbox sooner. Starring “scoundrel” Kay Vess and her adorable axolotl-esque sidekick Nix, Massive Entertainment’s upcoming adventure game follows the pair as they navigate the murky underworld of their home galaxy.

Set between the events of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi – placing it several years after the events of EA and Respawn’s Star Wars Jedi Survivor – we can’t wait to see if Ubisoft’s take on the franchise will turn out to be one of the best Star Wars games out there – possibly even one of the best games altogether. At the very least, this has a chance to be one of the best open world games of this console generation. But when is the new Star Wars game coming out?

Star Wars Outlaws release date

The Star Wars Outlaws release date is officially confirmed to be Friday, August 30, 2024 on PS5 and Xbox Series X|S consoles. The game is not coming to last-gen hardware.

Those who pre-order the Gold Edition or Ultimate Edition of the game, or those that are subscribed to Ubisoft+, can get three days of early access. This means the absolutely earliest you can play Star Wars Outlaws is August 27.

The release date was revealed at the end of the Star Wars Outlaws story trailer, which dropped in April. You can watch it below.

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Speaking on the exciting new space game, Ubisoft says that Outlaws “should be a major milestone in the videogame industry, especially given the undeniable appeal of this legendary franchise that will be coming for the first time to the open world territory.”

Star Wars Outlaws trailers

Aside from the story trailer shown above, the only other official trailer we have for Star Wars Outlaws is its World Premiere trailer below.

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The reveal trailer opens with a massive space battle, and initially cuts between multiple characters and locations – including one Han Solo in a block of Carbonite being transported. It then jumps to the inside of a cantina, settling on the game’s protagonist, Kay Vess, during a tense game of cards.

However, as is customary in the Star Wars universe, Kay’s game is rudely interrupted by bounty hunters, necessitating the pair to flee. Throughout the rest of the trailer, we witness snippets of action sequences involving Kay and her allies, as well as numerous vistas we hopefully will get to explore.

Star Wars Outlaws Gameplay: An open world can be seen

Star Wars Outlaws gameplay

Star Wars Outlaws is a third-person action-adventure open-world game with light stealth mechanics, action-packed blaster combat, exploration, and even space flight. All of these things were showcased during June 2023’s Ubisoft Forward event.

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As you can see, Kay’s blaster has several different modes that can be switched between. These include a normal blaster, a focused mode, and a stun mode. With the inclusion of a stun mode, we may be able to do pacifist or stealth runs of Star Wars Outlaws, stunning enemies instead of killing them. As for the standard blaster and focused mode, these let you adapt to the situation. It’s also possible that different blaster modules can be installed beyond these three, opening the door for even more possibilities in combat.

Interestingly, you can also direct Nix, Kay’s animal companion, to attack, distract, and interact with objects in the environment. In the gameplay trailer, we see Nix even able to collect new weapons from the ground on Kay’s command, letting you change up your playstyle on the fly with the help of Nix.

We also see Kay riding a speeder bike as she executes a daring getaway, confirming that we’ll be able to use vehicles to traverse the open world. This sequence also confirmed vehicle combat, with Kay firing her blaster at multiple enemies chasing her.

Star Wars Outlaws also features dialog options that can affect quests, such as when we see Kay deciding whether or not to bribe another character in a conversation.

Perhaps most excitingly and surprisingly, Star Wars Outlaws features full space combat, as well as seamless travel from planets into outer space. While flying, you’ll have access to rockets and high-powered laser cannons to dish out damage to enemy fighters, as well as a repair ability. The iconic Hyperdrive also features, letting you seamlessly travel to new systems.

It certainly seems exciting, at least from the gameplay we’ve seen. Considering Massive Entertainment’s success with developing The Division series, we know that the gunplay should feel incredible at the very least. And, The Division 2 has lots of content in the open world, so we imagine that Outlaws’ galaxy will have an equal amount of great content to enjoy.

Star Wars Outlaws Gameplay: A city can be seen with Kay and Nix walking through it

Star Wars Outlaws length

Though nothing’s set in stone, Massive Entertainment has at the very least confirmed Star Wars Outlaws won’t be a “200 or 300 hour epic unfinishable RPG” – something creative director Julian Gerighty confirmed in a 2023 IGN interview.

While this is good news for those wary of Ubisoft’s penchant for bloating out its RPGs to ridiculous lengths – looking at you, Assassin’s Creed RPG games – there’s still every chance you’ll be spending many an evening with Kay and Nix.

Fortunately, it looks like you won’t fall victim to Ubi’s notorious UI bloat, either. According to narrative director Navid Khavari, Massive is aiming to minimize the number of icons you’ll be presented with.

“I think our job is to make sure that the player organizes their experience according to their desires,” he says. “One of the big pluses of an open-world game is the agency of the player. So if we do our job right, it’ll be so dense and so rich with different distractions that we won’t have to rely on so many UI indications for them.”

So that’s everything you need to know about Star Wars Outlaws, including that all-important release date. Be sure to check back when further information is announced. For now, take a look at our best Xbox open world games and best PS5 open world games guides if you’re after a new world to get lost in. Or check out some of the other the new Xbox games and new PS5 games that are coming up this year.