Early rumors were circulating of a new multiplayer title coming from Ubisoft under the codename “Battlecat.” Ubisoft has finally revealed the first details of its next multiplayer shooter, named Tom Clany’s XDefiant. It’s being developed by Ubisoft San Francisco and is a free-to-pla, 6v6 team-focused shooter that falls more along the lines of Call of Duty and Overwatch. It’s a striking difference from the usual tactical-based shooter Ubisoft is known for. XDefiant is described by Ubisoft as a fast-paced “punk rock” take on a Tom Clancy game.
The company also released an announcement trailer that provides a general overview of XDefiant, which show how the game will push players into quick battles with opposing teams. The title is also a mix of Ubisoft’s military action games, featuring gadgets and other elements from franchises like Splinter Cell, The Division, and Ghost Recon. Of course, this shooter will be a new live-service title for Ubisoft, so it will get new content and updates throughout its lifetime. The developers also hinted at XDefiant going “beyond” the Tom Clancy universe, so don’t be surprised is a Far Cry villain is sprinkled in later.
The video showcased the available factions and what tools they use, which players will likely be familiar with. You won’t be playing as established characters from previous Tom Clancy games, instead taking on the role of new operatives moving up in rank. There are four playable factions–Echelon, Cleaners, Outcasts, and Wolves–you can pick a side and expand your character’s abilities and arsenal, which includes team-specific ultimates.
The operatives from Echelon use the same tactics and skills from the Splinter Cell series. The Cleaners and Outcasts will also carry over many of the gadgets and skills they used as adversaries in The Division. The Wolves are from Ghost Recon: Breakpoint, and they bring their advanced weaponry to the table.
You can check out a quick guide of the factions and what gadgets they will be using:
- Echelon: Support-type, use of stealth camo and alternate vision modes.
- Cleaners: Assault-type, access to flamethrowers and makeshift rockets.
- Outcasts: Healer-type, use of nanobots and gadgets to revive and restore team health.
- Wolves: Tank-type, deployable energy shields and heavy weapons.
The devs also stated that XDefiant will also focus on customization, allowing you to change cosmetics as you want. The first playable beta test is right around the corner, going live on August 5th, and will be available for players who sign up on the official website.