Tom Clancy’s XDefiant is a recently announced FPS from Ubisoft, set to bring unique gameplay, factions,and franchise maps to the genre. Though the game doesn’t yet have a release date, a closed test for the game started August 5, and more tests are reportedly coming for interested players in the winter.
The game is described as 6v6 combat arena gameplay meets faction-based abilities, and professes to offer personalized playstyle via weapon selection and updates and faction selection. Many of the game’s elements are taken from other titles in the franchise and will be recognizable to fans. For example, Tom Clancy’s XDefiant factions are set to include The Division’s Cleaners, Splinter Cell’s Echelon, The Division 2’s Outcasts and Ghost Recon Breakpoint’s Wolves.
Tom Clancy’s XDefiant maps are also set to be pulled from prior games in the franchise. Ubisoft has confirmed the maps will be a combination of indoor and outdoor settings, allowing players to fully utilize their stylized gameplay to their greatest extent. In the game’s announcement trailer, fans got a glimpse into what’s to come for Tom Clancy’s XDefiant, from a colorful, graffitied shipyard to an abandoned subway station. Then, on July 30, Ubisoft posted a video giving players an early look at two of the maps to come.
Emporium will be familiar to fans of Tom Clancy’s The Divison, as it’s an expanded version of the Broadway Emporium from that game. The exterior portion of this map seems to be a snow-dusted, dilapidated Christmas market, complete with a lone sled abandoned in the middle of the area. The video then swoops players inside, where the holiday decorations continue revealing a mall that had been in the midst of holiday throes. The Tom Clancy’s XDefiant map is multileveled, with stairs and ramps providing access to the mall’s second floor, and though some storefronts are closed off, players will be able to use others to attack or hide. The many holiday decorations will add an ironic twist of whimsy against the grim combat of gameplay as well.
Air & Space, meanwhile, is taken straight from the museum in Tom Clancy’s The Division 2. This map doesn’t seem to have an exterior so much as an overgrown courtyard, decorated with aircraft that seem to be climbable and designed to be used for cover. The museum itself is a maze of hallways full of exhibits and crates that can be used for cover as well, and the video ends with a quick glimpse into what is presumably a Mars exhibit, bringing an otherworldly element to Tom Clancy’s XDefiant.