Today, Ubisoft had a worldwide premiere livestream with details about their next game. That game is Tom Clancy’s XDefiant, and we’ve got a breakdown of all the details revealed today.
What kind of game is XDefiant?
XDefiant is designed as a free-to-play first-person shooter. Players can choose from different factions, and each faction has Defiants that seem similar to the Legends in Apex: Legends. During the presentation, Ubisoft representatives said the game is a bit like a combination of a firefight and a mosh pit, and they are aiming to make something a bit less serious than other Tom Clancy titles.
Who are the factions?
There are different factions in the game that have their own special equipment, passive abilities, and ultra abilities. And these factions correspond to different kinds of character classes.
You can play as Wolves from Ghost Recon. This is a Tank class featuring more health and better shield abilities.
Another faction are The Cleaners from The Division. They are fire-based fighters that rock a high DPS. You can also play as the Outcasts from the Division, and they focus on healing players.
Finally, you can play as the Echelon from Splinter Cell, and this faction specializes in hiding information from the enemy and bringing info back to their teammates.
What kinds of modes are in XDefiant?
The final title may have more game modes, but developers today only mentioned five. These modes are Domination, Ringleader, and Upload (which are intended for arena maps), and Escort and Zone Control (intended for more linear maps).
A growing community
A big theme during today’s presentation was that Ubisoft wants XDefiant to be a game for both competitive and casual players. It is easy to just jump into a map on your own, and the ability to change your loadout with each respawn helps you adapt to different challenges.
They are also hoping to nurture a good relationship with the gaming community and will be seeking input about maps, modes, factions, and Defiants. But in order to provide the feedback in time, you’ll need to help them test the game.
Tom Clancy’s XDefiant trailer
How can I play XDefiant early?
Aside from giving us info about XDefiant, the presentation encouraged players to go to register for a chance to play a closed beta test of the game. To do so, players need to register on this website.
There will likely be later tests focused on a console version of this game, but the earliest test will be on August 5 for PC players. That test will feature 10 maps (seven arena maps and three linear maps) and the five gameplay modes mentioned above.
The final version of the game will likely launch in 2022 at the earliest.
Let us know in the comments: will you be signing up for the XDefiant closed test because you are excited? Or does this look too much like a copy of games like Apex: Legends or Valorant? We want to hear your thoughts!