During a livestream event, Ubisoft announced Tom Clancy’s XDefiant, a free-to-play multiplayer FPS. The upcoming title takes inspiration from previous Tom Clancy games such as Rainbow Six and The Division.
XDefiant will focus on offering players a high-octane gameplay experience as they form a team of combatants known as “Defiants”. Players will proceed to battle it out in 10 maps based on diverse locales and iconic locations from the Tom Clancy universe.
Players will get to choose from four factions based on previous games such as the Wolves (Ghost Recon), Echelon (Splinter Cell), Outcasts and Cleaners (The Division).
XDefiant aims to give players more control with customizable loadouts, unique abilities and different classes. Players will also be able to personalize their Defiant to match their playstyles and even make quick changes midgame when respawning.
The game features 6-v-6 gameplay marketed towards both competitive and casual players across five different game modes. These include Domination, Ringleader, Upload, Escort, and Zone Control.
Given that this is a live service game, Ubisoft San Francisco has set a post-launch plan that includes the addition of more content down the road such as new factions. Executive producer Mark Rubin stated that “we want this game to last for years” as continuous support via updates is expected.
XDefiant will be available on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 4&5, PC, Google Stadia, and Amazon Luna. In addition, full crossplay between these platforms is expected at launch. There isn’t a concrete release date as of yet, however, those looking to try out the game can register now at Ubisoft’s site for a chance to take part in early playtests. XDefiant’s first closed beta test starts on August 5th, exclusive for users in the US and Canada.