Ubisoft reveals Tom Clancy’s XDefiant, new free to play competitive shooter

XDefiant is a new multiplayer first-person shooter that is part of Ubisoft’s ‘Ubisoft Club’ distribution platform. It will be free to play, and its gameplay will be similar to games such as Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and Battlefield 3. The game is being developed by Ubisoft Montreal studio, and will be published by Ubisoft.

Tom Clancy’s The Division, a game based on the most popular military science fiction of all time, just got a free-to-play spinoff. This time it’s not about a new FPS, but a competitive shooter that draws inspiration from the most popular Gears of War game. Tom Clancy’s The Division: X-Defiant is a free-to-play multiplayer game that is set in the Tom Clancy’s The Division universe. Players will be able to play as Division agents or other characters from the game. It will be available on PC and Xbox One.

Tom Clancy’s XDefiant, a new addition in the Tom Clancy world, was released today by Ubisoft. The publisher’s newest free-to-play multiplayer first-person shooter was shown in a video this afternoon. As Ubisoft laid the scene for this, we got a peek of gameplay.

Tom Clancy’s XDefiant is a class-based, high-octane first-person shooter. For this competitive shooter, developers Ubisoft San Francisco have combined groups and characters from several Tom Clancy games.

The Cleaners from The Division, as well as the Outcasts, Echelon from Splinter Cell, and The Wolves from Ghost Recon, are all represented in XDefiant. The Cleaners are a fire-based class with a strong DPS. XDefiant’s healer class is the Outcasts. Echelon, on the other hand, is the prototypical support faction. Finally, with greater health and shield-based skills, The Wolves are considered to be the game’s tank class. Characters from the Rainbow Six series may appear in XDefiant at some point.

Each faction has a set of passive abilities as well as an ultimate power. It’s also been revealed that players will have access to a variety of powers that will allow them to alter games in real time. Each side also includes a figure known as a ‘Defiant.’ Each Defiant has a collection of skins that may be customized.

Executive Producer Mark Rubin explains that XDefiant hinges on its fast gameplay. In a post-reveal Q&A, Rubin explained, “It’s a really fast-paced arena shooter with a reasonably fast time to kill. Rubin continued, “It should feel very familiar to all players of the genre.”

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Players may be intrigued to hear that post-launch DLC is already being considered for a new free-to-play game joining Ubisoft’s portfolio. Additional factions, Defiants, skins, and loadouts will be added in the future, according to producer Kim Weigend.

The maps will have a recognizable feel to them, drawing influence from all around the Tom Clancy world. Despite the lack of details, one major map displayed seems to be the snow-covered New York City from The Division.

The first round of closed testing will begin on August 5 in Canada and the United States, according to Ubisoft San Francisco. There will be ten maps available for testing, including seven 6v6 arena maps and three linear maps. Three distinct modes will be available for the arena maps: Domination, Ring Leader, and Upload. Zone Control and Escort modes will be accessible, according to the linear maps. For a chance to join in the closed beta, players must register.

Amazon Luna, Google Stadia, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S will all be able to play Tom Clancy’s XDefiant. At launch, full crossplay is also anticipated.

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