Developer Cloud Imperium Games plans to offer the single player Free Flight and Vanduul Swarm modes in Arena Commander's initial launch. Studio Director Erin Roberts shared questions the team asks themselves while developing Vanduul Swarm, like "how many fighters in a wave?" and "how many waves?," which suggests an AI-populated, wave-based style of play.
Though creator Chris Roberts has supplied a schedule for development up until the planned launch, he acknowledges that there could be "unforeseen issues" that risk a delay. However, he adds that if they surface, "the community will know what they are AND how they impact the schedule as soon as I do."