Published on May 22nd, 2024 | by Andrew Bistak


Today, Ubisoft released the much-anticipated XDefiant, a free-to-play, fast-paced arcade shooter developed by Ubisoft San Francisco* and featuring factions inspired from some of Ubisoft’s beloved franchises. Players can download and play XDefiant for free from their PC via Ubisoft Connect, PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X|S. To download XDefiant, go to .

After a series of betas and open tests, everyone can now enjoy all the preseason content XDefiant has to offer, including:

  • 14 maps inspired from other Ubisoft titles.
  • Five Ubisoft franchise-inspired factions (one faction to be earned or purchased)
  • 24 weapons
  • 44 attachments
  • Five devices

Players can experience playing as one of five Ubisoft franchise-inspired factions: The Cleaners (The Division), Libertad (Far Cry 6), Echelon (Splinter Cell), DedSec (Watch Dogs 2) and Phantoms (Ghost Recon Phantoms). Each faction includes three characters, but only one will be unlocked from each faction. The others are unlockable through completing in-game missions.

Players can battle it out in matches from two game modes: Arena and Linear.

  • There are three Arena-style matches available:
    • In Domination, teams fight to control three fixed zones.
    • In Occupy, teams fight to control one zone that periodically moves around the map.
    • In HotShot, players fight to get the most Kos. Points are granted or denied when players collect tags from fallen foes or allies. The player currently holding the most tags becomes the HotShot and is granted a host of speed buffs but is marked on the map for all to see.
  • There are two Linear matches available, casting players in attacking or defending roles.
    • Zone Control has the attacking team working to secure five zones in a progression across the map, while defenders must fight to stop them.
    • In Escort, the attacking team must bring a package to its final destination across the map, while the defenders attempt to stymie their progress and push the package back.

After preseason, XDefiant will have seasonal content, featuring one new faction, three new maps, three new weapons, and much more each season.

For more information on XDefiant or for future updates, please visit

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When he's not trying to save the world, Andrew enjoys travel (although loathes turbulence), going to the movies, reading and being a dad to his two dogs (and now twins) with his wife.

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