XDefiant, the upcoming free-to-play shooter from Ubisoft, has quietly dropped its Tom Clancy branding.
When it was originally announced back in July 2021, XDefiant was touted as a crossover game drawing inspiration from the Tom Clancy universe. Likened to hero shooters such as Apex Legends, Overwatch, and Ubisoft’s own Rainbow Six Siege, players could align with factions directly inspired by popular series under the Tom Clancy umbrella. These included Echelon (Splinter Cell), Wolves (Ghost Recon), and both the Cleaners and Outcasts from The Division.
Ubisoft has now stripped the Tom Clancy branding from XDefiant as it wants to add new factions from beyond the TC universe. Exactly who these factions are and whether they’re based on other Ubisoft properties is not yet known. We wouldn’t say no to a Rabbids team – just saying.
Meanwhile, the publisher is inviting those curious about the game to come and help test XDefiant in what it’s calling Insider Sessions. These tests will be PC only and come with a strict NDA, forbidding participants from sharing details which indicates that a public alpha or beta is still a way off.
In XDefiant, you’ll take part in 6v6 battles with players picking from Factions to play as and the characters – Defiants – that make them up. There will be plenty of high-tech abilities, with the factions defining your role in the battle, but with your character being customisable and having no limitations on weapons you can choose.
XDefiant Key Features
- Personalised Playstyle: Players can personalise their Defiant to match their playstyle. Players can choose a faction, traits, abilities, and ultras, then select from an arsenal of primary and secondary weapons, attachments, and a device to complete their loadout – and even tweak it on the fly (after respawning) to adapt to an ever-changing battlefield.
- Competitive Clashes: XDefiant offers a variety of competitive 6-v-6 arena and linear game modes, such as Domination and Escort. Combine that with a large pool of uniquely designed maps in rotation and no two matches will feel the same.
- Game modes: XDefiant will have a variety of game modes to match players’ unique playstyles and allow them to channel their team-based, competitive nature. Players can choose competitive modes like Team Deathmatch or Domination, as well as linear modes such as Escort.
XDefiant doesn’t have a release date just yet. Ubisoft plans to bring the game to just about every system including PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PC, Google Stadia, Amazon Luna, and Ubisoft Connect.
If you’re desperately hankering for some true Tom Clancy action, Rainbow Six Siege has just entered Year 7 with loads of new updates and content.
That thumbnail looks like Suicide Squad! Tough to picture milquetoast Tom Clancy’s brand having anything to do with it.