Space combat finally comes off the rails for the first time in Star Wars: The Old Republic today (SWTOR). Early access to SWTOR’s Galactic Starfighter expansion is now open to subscribers, allowing two teams of 12 players to fight it out in a free flight space combat across two maps at the current time: Lost Shipyards and Kuat Mesas.

Galactic Starfighter launches with an assortment of Starfighters that include the option to play as a Scout, Strike Fighter or Gunship role to suit your playstyle. In addition to the current roles, the new Bomber role will also be added with the expansion’s official launch in February.

Players can customize their ships by spending earned Requisition to change the look of their craft and swap out weapons and items to change the appearance and skills of each ship. There's even a handy tutorial to help get you started on your career as a galactic starfighter.

While only subscribers will get access today, Preferred status players will gain access on January 14th, 2014 followed by Free players on February 4th, 2014. So while you wait for access or patch up to start playing, check out the Galactic Starfighter customization video below to help pass the time.

Source: SWTOR Galactic Starfighter Early Access Launch, Galactic Starfighter Patch Notes

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Last Updated: Mar 13, 2016

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