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XDefiant release date, Year 1 content roadmap revealed

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The wait for Ubisoft’s free-to-play shooter is almost over, and fans now know the official release date for XDefiant and what they can expect for content in the game’s first year.

After numerous delays, it seems like XDefiant is finally nearing the spotlight, with Ubisoft confirming that the game will go live surprisingly soon. The 6v6 shooter was announced in 2021 as Tom Clancy’s XDefiant, which later dropped the Tom Clancy branding. Though many have been excited, ennui regarding Ubisoft and repeated delays have led to skepticism of its potential.

Alongside revealing the official release date for XDefiant, Ubisoft also shared a roadmap for the game’s first year. With multiple factions, maps, and more coming to the game, fans will definitely have a lot to look forward to.

What is XDefiant’s release date?

XDefiant is set to be released on May 21, 2024, at 10:00 AM PT or 1:00 PM ET on PC, Xbox Series X/S, and PlayStation 5.

XDefiant was slated for release in Summer 2023 but got delayed to October of the same year. Unfortunately, the new release date also suffered the same fate because Ubisoft claimed the game has numerous “inconsistencies.” Launch details have been vague since, until now.

XDefiant is a free-to-play title with cross-play. A “preseason” period will begin after XDefiant’s release date and will continue for its first six weeks. After that, the game will move towards a more basic seasonal approach, like most live-service games. Ubisoft promises to update the game every three months with new content.

What’s coming in the first year of XDefiant?

Ubisoft revealed the year-one roadmap for XDefiant, which shows that the game will get new content throughout the year.

XDefiant year one roadmap

XDefiant’s roadmap was shown on the game’s official website. According to the roadmap, every season will add three new weapons, three new maps, and a 90-tier battle pass. It also reveals that the game will receive new modes, although the names were not explicitly mentioned.

Year one of XDefiant will feature four seasons, all with different titles and themes similar to Rainbow Six Siege. The first season is titled Ruby, the second is Buzz, the third is Orchard, and the fourth is Horde. A new season will arrive every three months throughout the year to make for four seasons. Ubisoft canceled Tom Clancy’s The Division Heartland for the explicit purpose of reallocating some of the team to XDefiant, so the publisher is clearly committed to its success.

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Written by Hannan Mundia

Hannan Mundia has been playing video games since he was just three years old. He loves everything about gaming, from RPGs to first-person shooters. He has sunk countless hours into Bethesda's popular RPGs, but his favorite game remains Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. His writing has also been featured on Fandom Spot, and you can follow him on Twitter / X at @zombiezomz.

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