Today, Ubisoft unveiled its new entry in the Tom Clancy universe, Tom Clancy’s XDefiant. The latest free-to-play multiplayer first-person shooter from the publisher was officially revealed in a trailer this afternoon.
Tom Clancy’s XDefiant is described as a class-based, high octane FPS. Developers Ubisoft San Francisco has taken factions and characters from across multiple Tom Clancy titles, and mixed them together for this competitive shooter.
XDefiant pulls from factions within The Cleaners and Outcasts from The Division, Echelon from Splinter Cell, and The Wolves from Ghost Recon. The Cleaners are described as a fire-based high DPS class. Outcasts are XDefiant’s healer class. Meanwhile, Echelon is the archetypal support faction. Finally, The Wolves are said to be the game’s tank class, with higher health and shield-based abilities. Hopefully we will get to see characters from the Rainbow Six franchise in XDefiant eventually.
Executive Producer Mark Rubin stated that XDefiant hinges on its fast gameplay. In a post-reveal Q&A, Rubin explained that XDefiant is “a really fast-paced arena shooter with a reasonably fast time to kill. It should feel very familiar to all players of the genre.”
XDefiant maps will pull inspiration from across the Tom Clancy universe, and should feel familiar to long time players. Although there weren’t specifics given, one prominent map shown appears to be the snow-covered NYC from The Division.
Ubisoft San Francisco has announced that the first wave of closed testing begins on Aug. 5 in Canada and the US. During testing, 10 maps will be available, divided into seven 6v6 arena maps and three linear maps. For the arena maps, three different modes will be available: Domination, Ring Leader, and Upload. Per the linear maps, Zone Control and Escort modes will be available. Players can register for a chance to participate in the closed beta.
Tom Clancy’s XDefiant will be available on Amazon Luna, Google Stadia, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S. Full crossplay is also expected at launch.