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Ubisoft Announces Free-to-Play Arena Shooter Tom Clancy’s XDefiant

Ubisoft Announces Free-to-Play Arena Shooter Tom Clancy’s XDefiant - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 19 July 2021 / 1,049 Views

Ubisoft has announced free-to-play, fast-paced arena first-person shooter, Tom Clancy's XDefiant, for the Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

A PC closed test will happen on August 5 in the US and Canada. You can register for the closed test on the official Ubisoft website here.

View the worldwide reveal trailer below:

View a developer interview video below:

Here is an overview of the game:

Tom Clancy’s XDefiant is a free-to-play, fast-paced, first-person shooter. It combines intense gunplay with personalized loadouts and specialized factions as teams of gunfighters, called Defiants, battle for domination.

Developed by Ubisoft San Francisco, Tom Clancy’s XDefiant features playable factions from the Tom Clancy universe and beyond, each with unique abilities. Pair that with an arsenal of primary and secondary weapons, attachments, and devices to complete your loadout, and go to battle with a variety of maps and modes.

Personalized Playstyle

Personalize your Defiant to match your playstyle. Choose your faction, traits, abilities, and ultras. 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.

Competitive Clashes

Tom Clancy’s XDefiant offers a variety of competitive 6v6 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.

Diverse Factions of Defiants

Wolves, Outcasts, Cleaners, and Echelon factions battling across iconic locations is just the starting point. We’ll keep adding to our cast of Defiants as the game evolves, drawing on a range of characters and abilities from the Clancy universe and beyond.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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18 Comments
gtotheunit91 (on 19 July 2021)

You know Tom Clancy is rolling in his grave. TC games were supposed to be all about tactical gameplay. Now it's CoD meets Overwatch :(

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Machiavellian gtotheunit91 (on 20 July 2021)

I highly doubt it. Tom Clancy love money and during his time he cared little about the games from his franchise. Hell he even used ghostwriters to sell books for the cut so I really doubt he cared.

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Angelus (on 19 July 2021)

Great....Tom Clancy's generic something something...just what everyone always wanted.

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SecondWar Angelus (on 19 July 2021)

I’m not sure generic is the right word, more nonsensical. XDefiant? What does that even mean?

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Angelus SecondWar (on 19 July 2021)

"punk rock mosh pit" ....exactly what everyone thinks of when they think Tom Clancy

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Trentonater SecondWar (on 19 July 2021)

It means "we put 'XD' in the title"

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SecondWar Trentonater (on 20 July 2021)

Oh god, they have as well. That’s just cringeworthy.

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QUAKECore89 (on 19 July 2021)

Wish Ubisoft could take "Tom Clancy's" out of this bad title, it's insulting.

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Zkuq QUAKECore89 (on 19 July 2021)

And out of the completely unfitting game as well.

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Signalstar (on 19 July 2021)

This has nothing to do with Tom Clancy. Where are the grit and realism inspired by real world operations and scenarios?

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Chazore (on 19 July 2021)

This is like spitting on Tom's grave...

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SecondWar (on 19 July 2021)

This just looks from the outset way outside the typical Tom Clancy branding.

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Kakadu18 (on 19 July 2021)

This is just disrespectful towards Tom Clancy. They will shove his name into any garbage now to maximise profit.

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Walbert (on 20 July 2021)

Ubisoft hmm wonder how many abusers are involved in the game.

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Machiavellian (on 20 July 2021)

I do not see the point of all the whining. This looks like another class based objective shooter with guns. I mean that's pretty much what the Tom Clancy games have pumped out for decades. If anything its Ubi free to play game which just about every publisher has one now. The question will be, is it fun which cannot be determined until it release. I will give it a shot just like I do every free to play shooter to see if its fun so will reserve an opinion until then.

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SecondWar Machiavellian (on 20 July 2021)

So you are whinging about whinging then?
That has never been the bedrock of the Tom Clancy franchise. They appear to have tacked on the Tom Clancy brand as they didn’t believe it could stand apart. This game stands way out from the rest of the sub-franchises.
It also looks incredibly generic. There’s nothing standing out from this game that hasn’t been seen in any multiplayer focus FPS in the last decade.

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Machiavellian SecondWar (on 20 July 2021)

lol, where am I whining. If I was whining I would be bitching. Who cares what it looks like. The point is how does it play which none of you can make a statement on because none of us has played it. My opinion of Tom Clancy name in video games especially now is that its been name only for a long time. What is it about the Division that is realistic. The Tom Clancy name fell off a long time ago.

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KratosLives (on 20 July 2021)

Where is beyond good and evil 2??

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