XDefiant steps into the FPS shooter space as a free-to-play arcade-style shooter that combines various Ubisoft franchises for a fast-paced, class-based FPS. The game aspires to be a Call of Duty-style shooter but with an added twist. It is being developed by ex-COD talents, such as Executive Game Director Mark Rubin and former World Champion Patrick Aches Price, as they attempt to return to the original COD formula.
The trailer confirms that the game will include both casual and competitive online multiplayer modes. You can hone your skills in casual play and then switch to multiplayer mode to compete with players from all over the world and put your skills to the test.
The game follows the themes of a classic arena shooter. It pits two teams of six players each to go down against each other in distinct styles of shooting gameplay. The gameplay includes various factions, with each derived from a different Ubisoft franchise and representing a different class. Furthermore, each class has its own set of abilities and Ultras.
You can assemble your team from players from any faction, and the best part is that you will be able to switch between factions and load-outs to adapt to different situations and strategies. Seems too good to be true? Hold on; there is more to come!
The game revolves around customization. You will have the option to customize your load-out choosing from a variety of character classes, weapon types, and attachments. You can mix and match all three to obtain distinct load-outs to complement your playstyle.
At launch, the game will have 14 arenas (maps) to choose from, and you can pick to play in any arena of your choice. Furthermore, it will also support cross-platform play, which means that players from different platforms can compete against one another.
XDefiant is expected to be released later this year for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X| S, and PC. However, an official release date is yet to be confirmed by Ubisoft. That being said, the XDefiant Closed Beta has begun and will run until April 23.
Since it is a closed beta, you will need a code to access it. These codes can be obtained by pre-registering at the Official Site of the game or by tuning in to eligible Twitch Streams with drops enabled. If you’re lucky enough, you’ll get the access code as a viewership reward.