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. 

  • Tom Clancy XDefiant Is A Free-To-Play Shooter Mixing Splinter Cell, The Division, and Ghost Recon Series
  • Tom Clancy XDefiant Is A Free-To-Play Shooter Mixing Splinter Cell, The Division, and Ghost Recon Series
  • Tom Clancy XDefiant Is A Free-To-Play Shooter Mixing Splinter Cell, The Division, and Ghost Recon Series
  • Tom Clancy XDefiant Is A Free-To-Play Shooter Mixing Splinter Cell, The Division, and Ghost Recon Series
  • Tom Clancy XDefiant Is A Free-To-Play Shooter Mixing Splinter Cell, The Division, and Ghost Recon Series

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.