Tom Clancys XDefiant officially revealed, new free to play multiplayer shooter from Ubisoft

Written by Chad Norton on Tue, Jul 20, 2021 11:25 AM
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Ubisoft has officially revealed their brand new Tom Clancy game, a free to play multiplayer shooter (not another Battle Royale by the way) that will be launching a Closed Test in early August for users to play early, with more tests planned for the future before release. There’s no official release date yet, but we’ll likely hear more soon.

It’s clear that Tom Clancy's XDefiant is Ubisoft’s own take on Call of Duty multiplayer, considering the vast similarities to the popular franchise. So far only a few gameplay elements and game modes have been revealed, but you can check out the trailer reveal below for some first gameplay:

It’s seemingly a mix between typical COD multiplayer and a hero shooter, since each faction has a range of special abilities to choose from. It’s also 6v6 currently, and the only game modes mentioned by Ubi include Domination and Escort, which if you’ve played Call of Duty you’ll know how both of those play.

Speaking of factions, XDefiant will bring in several different groups of characters from across the Tom Clancy universe including: the Wolves from Ghost Recon, the Echelon from Splinter Cell, and the Cleaners and the Outcasts from The Division. If any of this sounds familiar, it’s because most of it was recently leaked last month under the name ‘BattleCat’.

More factions from across the Tom Clancy universe and “beyond” will be added to the game over time, though for now it looks like we’re sticking with the main 4 before release. It will be launching on PC and consoles with crossplay “expected” on launch day. PC players will have to launch the game through the Ubisoft Connect app, rather than any of the other storefronts.

The first closed test for XDefiant will begin on August 5th for players in the US and Canada, though more tests will take place afterwards and presumably available to more regions. You can register and sign up for the first closed test via Ubisoft’s own website here.

What do you think? Are you excited for TC XDefiant? What would make you play this game over other F2P multiplayer games? Which faction are you most interested in playing? Will you be signing up to the first closed test? Let us know!

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01:25 Jul-21-2021

That XD logo is like a laugh from Ubisoft because it has nothing to do with Tom Clancy, he would be disappointed. Total nothing burger so far

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16:53 Jul-20-2021

Another battle royale game? No thanks!

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01:22 Jul-21-2021

it's not br this time xd it's probably arena from all the gameplay we have seen so far but yeah it will probably end up in the same trash bin with the hyperscape and other games that will become dead before one year

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12:35 Jul-21-2021

Either way, I am not interested in BR and I am not interested in this game so it may as well be BR in my eyes.

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16:29 Jul-20-2021

Just another generic f2p shooter, made by ubisoft, hard pass.

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16:26 Jul-20-2021

This would have been marginally bearable if this was played seriously, like crossovers of Ubisoft's Tom Clancy's Mismanaged Titles. But no, they tried to be hip about it.

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16:23 Jul-20-2021

Is this like Ubisoft's ****ty attempt at a Apex Legends clone?

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01:23 Jul-21-2021

apex is br, this is not. This is more like arena, overwatch + hyperscape by the looks of it

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15:21 Jul-20-2021

  1. Trying too hard as there is too much going on.

  2. Part of Ubi's agenda to become Blizzard with only F2P or sometimes Premium MP live service.

  3. Real shame as they do make some SP titles that I really like such as AC but AC infinity will kill any hopes of future SP AC games.

  4. Ubi just trouncing the Tom Clancy name and license into the dirt - a name that is known for storytelling and intrigue which is a recipe for a killer SP game.

  5. WD and FC also going live service.

  6. Splinter Cell is dead. Let's mourn and move on.

  7. FCK xDefiant.

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17:11 Jul-20-2021

Good summary. I have no idea why they slapped "Tom Clancy's" onto this garbo... What does that have to do with some masker bird-people who are also "legends" or whatever is stolen from [insert any Overwatch copycat here].

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22:16 Jul-20-2021

That's what i thought as well. Why slap Tom Clancy's name on some generic FPS with a convoluted combo of game mechanics? Its because Ubi doesn't have confidence in its own game so they slap the Tom Clancy name on it. How do they expect us to pay for micro-transactions if they aren't confident in it? I get they own the license but they can at least try doing justice to it once in its lifetime.

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00:07 Jul-21-2021

If anything - it's a disservice to the late Tom Clancy...

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14:53 Jul-20-2021

was like ok ill give this a look.
then i read that dreaded word, Ubisoft.
think ill sit this one out like every game of theirs since LA Noir

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21:54 Jul-20-2021

Uhh... LA Noire was by Rockstar

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07:55 Jul-21-2021

LOOOL. yeah your right. in that case then i dont even know the last ubiw*nk game i would have bought? WD1 i got gifted and i feel bad that some wasted money on that garbage

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14:12 Jul-20-2021

I hope , it won't die just like Hyper scape.

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11:58 Jul-20-2021

More heroes/legends/whatever in another microtrash-ridden MP shooter that wastes time only to disappear a couple of years down the line... what a deal!

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11:28 Jul-20-2021

Yet another MP shooter...Yawn

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