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Ubisoft Reveals Free-to-Play XDefiant

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So, the new game reveal by Ubisoft was for XDefiant, a new free-to-play, first-person arena shooter.

XDefiant will be a 6v6, free to play game, and will star factions seen in other Tom Clancy games. The Echelon (Splinter Cell), the Wolves (Breakpoint), the Cleaners (The Division) and the Outcasts (also from The Division).

Here is a trailer to introduce the factions and their character abilities:

The game is described as “fast paced firefights that meets punk rock mosh pits.” I can hear Tom Clancy doing barrel rolls.

XDefiant seems to be Ubisoft’s answer to Call of Doody…errr…sorry…Duty multiplayer. The 6v6 will focus on objective game modes:

  • Domination (Arena)
  • Ringleader (Arena)
  • Upload (Arena)
  • Escort (Linear)
  • Zone Control (Linear)

Now if that doesn’t tickle your fancy and it seems like just another COD-like Multiplayer shooter, XDefiant hopes to shake things up with their factions, their roles on the battlefield and their abilities.

Here is a breakdown of the faction and their roles:

  • Wolves (Ghost Recon): Tanks with increased health and shielding abilities that protect the team.
  • Cleaners (The Division): Aggressive gunners with high damage abilities.
  • Outcasts (The Division): XDefiant’s main healer role.
  • Echelon (Splinter Cell): Support characters that can provide intel to the team and deny intel to opponents.

If you want to see some actual gameplay:

There is no release date yet, but there will be a playable test, for which you can sign up here, starting 5 August. The test is unfortunately a PC exclusive.

When the game launches on consoles and PC, it is expected that crossplay will be available from day one.

What do you skeem?

For me it’s a definite meh. I hate PvP games and modes in games. Mostly because I suck at it.

Last Updated: July 20, 2021


  1. We need more free to play micro transaction riddled fp shooters………said no one ever! We need a new splintercell………..says everyone. How stupid can you be? Now neil blomkamp is also working on a multiplayer fps. Holy shit it’s like someone opens a cafe, and then someone opens another one next door, and then someone opens another across the street. Now the whole street is just cafe’s! Make something original for a change. Engrossing story driven single player games is what we want. Not another shooter. Jeesh.


    • Hammersteyn

      July 21, 2021 at 06:13

      They do what mobile gaming does. Give if for free, but expect you to pay out of your ass for everything else.


    • Mandalorian Jim

      July 22, 2021 at 05:07

      It’s almost like the battle royale fad is over and now we’re back to just classic first person shooters with classic modes – but free – with microtransactions for all sorts of ridiculous crap, like outfits, emotes etc..


  2. Hammersteyn

    July 21, 2021 at 06:11

    You lost me at Free. It’s indicative of where gaming is when the word Free doesn’t bring joy and excitement, but scepticism and cynicism instead.


  3. Mandalorian Jim

    July 22, 2021 at 05:09

    The gun play looks tight though, reminds me of a faster-paced Rainbow Six….


    • Mandalorian Jim

      July 22, 2021 at 05:11

      Of course, this is where the Call of Duty players will remind me that that’s just COD, baby! 😛


  4. Mandalorian Jim

    July 22, 2021 at 05:09

    The gun play looks tight though, reminds me of a faster-paced Rainbow Six….


  5. Mandalorian Jim

    July 22, 2021 at 05:05

    I like Rogue Company which is a free game – and for the most part you don’t need to even touch your credit card to pay for stuff, but it does mean there is a grind to unlocking new characters etc. But, I know how many feel about free games (which are then infested with microtransactions). I’ll give xdefiant a go, when it releases, just to see how it is. Sometimes, these free games are actually a lot of fun (cough warframe.. cough warframe… cough warframe)


    • Dejukhan

      July 30, 2021 at 05:35

      Yes Jim, YESS and also agreeing with @disqus_bEHXcCntd0:disqus .
      Boys and girls. Warframe is a game you might have heard of, or even possibly taken the time to check out a gameplay video and went.. “what the hell is this” proceeded by promptly going on with your life.. you are missing out and so did I. Until one lonely Saturday evening after loadshedding subsided, browsing the Steam store brought it into view and the effort needed to try this “free” game was greenlight by sheer boredom.

      Regrettably I can call myself a jaded gamer at this point. If you picked me out of a crowd and asked to pick one game that was not trying to train you to be a gambler, was mind blowing, exceeded all expectations, has constant updates that are free as well as bloody fun to play then try Warframe.

      Your opinion please if you will.
      XDefiant is a graffiti remake of Ghost Recon Phantoms, do you agree?

      (typed and deleted multiple paragraphs about emotions related to Phantoms and Ubisoft, decided it’s not healthy to share.)


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