Fantasy Flight games has posted an update that discusses bringing Darth Vader into the cockpits of the X-wing miniatures game from the article.
“Designer Brooks Flugaur-Leavitt discusses the TIE/D Defender and the Dark Lord of the Sith:
Darth Vader in a TIE Defender. After Timothy Zahn put the best star-pilot in the galaxy at the helm of the Empire’s most potent starfighter in Thrawn: Alliances, the idea both thrilled and terrified X-Wing fans. Even we as developers weren’t immune, and when the planning for the Skystrike Academy Squadron Pack began, I had to give it a shot! In designing Darth Vader, I aimed to strike a balance that would capture his terrible power while also allowing for his inclusion in normal gameplay.”