Splinter Cell, Ghost Recon, and The Division merge in Ubi's 6v6 free-to-play FPS XDefiant

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What is the new Tom Clancy game?

UPDATE 19/07/21: Ubisoft has revealed a free-to-play FPS called Tom Clancy's XDefiant. Blending 6-v-6 arena combat with faction-based abilities, it combines elements of the Splinter Cell, Ghost Reckon and The Division games, with more properties to follow. Video Games ChronicleUbisoft says it will reveal a ‘brand new’ Tom Clancy game on Monday

Ubisoft has unveiled its previously teased "new Tom Clancy game", revealing it to be XDefiant, a 6v6 free-to-play first-person shooter that, just as leaks suggested, mashes up factions from Ghost Recon, The Division, and Splinter Cell.

In its announcement video, Ubisoft calls XDefiant a "high-octane" arena shooter - playable solo or with friends - that features an "irreverent and rebellious" take on the normally serious Clancy vibe, alongside "realistic gunplay" and personalised classes in the form of factions.

Each faction is said to offer its own "gameplay and team dynamics", as well as unique passive traits, ultras, and abilities that will "change the moment-to-moment gameplay". Players will be able to mix and match any faction, load out, and weapon - Ubisoft promises an "arsenal of authentic weapons and attachments" - and these can all be switched at will during a respawn.

Tom Clancy's XDefiant - Worldwide Reveal.

Initially, XDefiant will feature four factions, inspired by maverick groups from across Ubisoft's Tom Clancy games. Ghost Recon's Wolves, for instance, are a tank-style class with access to higher health and shield-based abilities, while Splinter Cell's Echelon are a support-style class, all about hiding information from the enemy and giving more to team mates. As for The Division, it's represented by two factions: the Cleaners are a fire-based high-DPS assault class while the Outcasts are the healer class.

All factions include a number of different selectable characters known as Defiants, each with their own set of skins that players can use to customise their appearance. Ubisoft says it'll continue to add new Defiants, factions, abilities, maps, modes and more as the game evolves.

XDefiant, which is being lead by Ubisoft's San Francisco studio, is still early in development, but interested parties can sign up now to participate in the game's "early roll-out phases". These closed tests will begin for PC players in US and Canada on 5th August and will initially feature 10 maps: seven standard arena maps supporting three different modes - Domination, Ringleader, and Upload - and three linear maps playable in either Escort and Zone Control modes.

Eventually, XDefiant will be available on PlayStation 4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PC, Amazon Luna, and Stadia with full crossplay expected at launch.

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Tom Clancy's XDefiant: Worldwide Reveal Trailer | Ubisoft [NA]

Ubisoft North America 20 July, 2021 - 03:01am

Ubisoft Unveils Tom Clancy's XDefiant: a Free-to-Play, Multiplayer Shooter - IGN

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Alongside their factions, players can fully customize a loadout of primary and secondary weapons, attachments, and more, with weapons not limited by faction. These load-outs can also be adjusted during combat at respawn.

Additionally, XDefiant includes multiple game modes, including Domination and Escort missions, and a number of different maps.

XDefiant is coming to PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X and S, Xbox One, PC, Stadia, Luna, and Ubisoft Connect, with a beta planned for August 5 on PC. You can sign up for the beta here.

Tom Clancy's XDEFIANT Announcement Trailer

GameSpot 20 July, 2021 - 03:01am

Tom Clancy's XDefiant - Official Announcement Trailer

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Tom Clancy's XDefiant: Exclusive Developer Interview | Ubisoft [NA]

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XDefiant Is The Most Recent In A Long Line Of Games With Terrible Titles

TheGamer 20 July, 2021 - 03:01am

I have a lot of questions about XDefiant, and to be honest, they’re all questions I’ve had before about other game titles. It’s always fascinating when a game with a bad name gets announced because you have to assume that a lot of people signed off on it. XDefiant was surely written on hundreds of internal documents and spoken out loud around the Ubisoft offices for years, so it’s incredible that this ended up becoming the official title. I imagine any random group of people in a playtest would have told Ubisoft that XDefiant is a weird and confusing name, yet here we are. Maybe it’s supposed to be a homophone, like “XDe” sounds like “extra”? I’m reaching, someone please explain.

Ubisoft is on an incredible run of bad titles these past few years. Its previous free-to-play online shooter, Hyper Scape, is another title that seems like it's trying to sound like different words (Hype Escape?) while Immortals Fenyx Rising is just a grammatical disaster. If you dig further back a bit in Ubi’s catalog you’ll find gems like IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover and perhaps my favorite title ever, a horse training game called Pippa Funnell: The Stud Farm Inheritance.

Ubisoft has turned bad names into an art form, but it's far from the only perpetrator of unfortunate titles. One of my favorite categories of bad video game titles is the unnecessary colon. This happens a lot with licensed games like Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II and The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II: The Rise of the Witch-king, but it also happens with original games that have no business including a subtitle. Why isn’t Remnant: From the Ashes just called Remnant? Resistance: Fall of Man, Halo: Combat Evolved, A Plague Tale: Innocence, and Ark: Survival Evolved are all titles that gain nothing from their subtitles.

Sometimes games make bad titles into their entire brand. Battlefield likes to have fun with numbers. The Series started as Battlefield 1942, then went to 2, 2142, 3, 4, 1, 5, and now 2042. Neat. Kingdom Hearts likes to get funky with numbers too. Not only is there a game called 358/2 Days, but Square Enix thought it’d be a hoot to number the collected editions 1.5, 2.5, and 2.8.

Then you’ve got the acronym titles, which are just so cutesy and clever you have to hate them. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. and F.E.A.R. are the most well known, but you’ve also got H.A.W.X. (thanks Ubi), S.W.I.N.E., M.U.L.E., and M.U.G.A.N., I guess.

Personally, my favorite type of bad title is the single, nondescript word that doesn’t tell you anything about the game or invoke any kind of emotional reaction whatsoever. I’m not talking about games like Journey, Fable, Rage, or Portal. All of these titles tell you something about the game, at the very least. I’m talking about names like Brink, Chrome, and Haze. It’s as if the games themselves are so forgettable that they demanded an equally forgettable, meaningless name.

Titles are, of course, completely meaningless. PlayerUnknown’s Battleground sounds like a game destined to fail, yet it’s one of the most successful shooters of all time. XDefiant will live or die based on nothing but its gameplay (and whether or not big streamers want to play it) and no one will ever mention its lousy name again if it turns out to be a hit. Look at Horizon Zero Dawn or Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Great games, horrible names. I’m XDefinitely going to give it a fair shake, but I think that title is pretty XDefective.

How to register for Tom Clancy's XDefiant closed beta | Gamepur

Gamepur 19 July, 2021 - 02:02pm

Ubisoft has announced yet another upcoming competitive multiplayer shooter, and this time it’s not based on a Tom Clancy franchise because it’s based on all of them. Tom Clancy’s XDefiant is a first-person hero shooter which brings together characters and arenas from the Ghost Recon, The Division, and Splinter Cell series. A closed beta playtest for Tom Clancy’s XDefiant will begin in August.

Genre mainstays like Overwatch and Paladins visibly inspire XDefiant, borrowing the respawn swap mechanics of the former and the ability loadout customization of the latter. XDefiant players will be able to build different loadouts for their chosen characters (referred to as Defiants,) changing everything from weapons and gadgets to abilities and passive traits. The game will have several fast-paced game modes at launch, including objective-based modes like Escort. Eliminated players respawn after a short-timer, rather than sit around and wait for the next round; players can also swap to a different loadout on respawn.

Ubisoft will hold a series of closed beta playtests for Tom Clancy’s XDefiant, the first one beginning on August 5. The first beta playtest is restricted to players in the United States and Canada. To sign up for Tom Clancy’s XDefiant closed beta, head to the official site and pick your preferred platform. You will need a verified Ubisoft account to sign up.

The first playtest is happening only on PC. When it officially launches, XDefiant will also be available on Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, PS4 and PS5, and Google Stadia, which means that future playtests might include some or all of these platforms as well.

Tom Clancy’s XDefiant Supports Crossplay at Launch, Multiplayer Modes Revealed

GamingBolt 19 July, 2021 - 12:00am

Ubisoft finally ripped the band-aid off and revealed its rumored free to play FPS at last with Tom Clancy’s XDefiant. Developed by Ubisoft San Francisco, the premise sees four factions known as Defiants fighting for supremacy in competitive PvP matches. Though a release date wasn’t provided, the first closed test is slated for August 5th.

The official website has a few more details than the reveal trailer. Along with selecting and customizing one’s primary weapon, players also have access to secondary weapons and devices. Matches will be 6v6 with Domination, Arena, Team Deathmatch and Escort confirmed as modes. In a separate news post, Ubisoft also confirmed cross-platform play.

The number of maps is unknown but the developer promises a “large pool of uniquely designed maps in rotation and no two matches will feel the same.” Interestingly, along with mentioning that more Defiants would be added over time, the title looks to draw on a “range of characters and abilities from the Clancy universe and beyond.” Does that means characters from Assassin’s Creed, Watch Dogs or even the Rabbids at some point in the future? Well, never say never.

Tom Clancy’s XDefiant is in development for Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PS4, PS5, Google Stadia and PC. Though the first closed test is set for next month (and limited to the US and Canada), Ubisoft has confirmed that more tests will be “coming soon.” Registered players who are invited to the test can also select up to five friends for the same.

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