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Tom Clancy’s XDefiant is a free-to-play arena shooter coming August

You'll need to sign up for its closed beta if you want in.

Tom Clancy’s XDefiant was today announced by Ubisoft and developer Ubisoft San Francisco.

The studio describes the game as “a free-to-play, fast-paced arena shooter that combines intense gunplay with personalized loadouts and specialized factions, as teams of gunfighters – called Defiants – battle for domination.”

A closed beta for XDefiant will kick off on 5 August; those who wish to take part in its 6v6 multiplayer battles will need to register for access here. Sadly, the closed beta will not be available in Australia; those in the USA and Canada will be the first to take part.

As rumours of Project BattleCat suggestedXDefiant will feature four factions from the Tom Clancyuniverse.

  • Echelon: Support class (Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell)
  • Wolves: Tank class (Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon)
  • Outcasts: Media class (Tom Clancy’s The Division)
  • Cleaners: Assault class (Tom Clancy’s The Division)

More factions will be added as the live service game grows, Ubisoft also confirmed.

“Choose your faction, traits, abilities, and ultras,” Ubisoft continued. “Select from an arsenal of primary and secondary weapons, attachments, and a device to complete your loadout – then tweak it on the fly to adapt to an ever-changing battlefield.”

A proper release date for Tom Clancy’s XDefiant hasn’t been detailed; we’ll keep you updated as we learn more. The title is planned for Windows PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X, PS4 and PS5.


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