XDefiant from Ubisoft could release soon, says earnings report.

XDefiant full release date is before March 31, Ubisoft sales update reveals

Weird way to announce a release window, but we'll take what we can get.

Ubisoft’s recent investor meeting revealed unannounced information about the arrival of XDefiant. The shooter is slated to release sometime during the company’s fiscal fourth quarter, which ranges from January to March 2024. As a result, the new shooter could be available sooner than most may have anticipated.

Recommended Videos

When is the XDefiant release date?

According to Ubisoft’s recent third-quarter sales update, XDefiant will be available sometime before March 31. Listed along with nine other Ubisoft titles as an upcoming digital release for the current quarter, this is the first we’ve seen of a release window for the shooter. It’s listed as “XDefiant: Season 0,” which tells us it could be considered early access.

The update says XDefiant will come to PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X/S. Other titles coming from Ubisoft during the same window include Skull and Bones season one, plus new seasons of The Divison 2, Rainbow Six Siege, and The Crew.

Is XDefiant a true Call of Duty competitor?

XDefiant screenshot

XDefiant is a free-to-play multiplayer first-person shooter. Using the Snowdrop engine, many view it as a direct competitor to Call of Duty multiplayer. An open beta for the upcoming game took place in June 2023 on all three platforms. It received mostly positive feedback, with the obvious changes required you’d expect of an early access beta.

Primarily, the game is focused on playing the way most competitive Call of Duty players want it to play. That means more competitive game modes, maps built for competitive play, and fewer unbalanced items (mines, rockets, etc.). The beta didn’t accomplish anything other arcade shooters haven’t in the past, but it did everything it needed to pretty well. Even the map pool, which included 14 unique maps back in June, is massive for modern games.

Additionally, developer Ubisoft San Francisco may have an ace up its sleeve. Former Call of Duty League professional player “ACHES” is a consultant on the project. Call of Duty developers almost never listen to pro player feedback or take competitive gameplay into account.

Focusing on the bigger picture, casual players, who are the vast majority to buy yearly COD installments, are the primary target. As such, ACHES may be the secret sauce Ubisoft SF needs to make XDefiant the competitive Call of Duty game many have wanted for years.


Destructoid is supported by our audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a small affiliate commission. Learn more
related content
Read Article General Brasch is becoming a beloved tall-tale in Helldivers 2
General Brasch is becoming a beloved tall-tale in Helldivers 2
Read Article Disney Dreamlight Valley teases next Star Path event with an emoji mystery to solve
The Peppy Popcorn Squirrel from an upcoming Star Path event in Disney Dreamlight Valley
Read Article You can get the Thieves Guild DLC free this month in Elder Scrolls Online
Elder Scrolls Online Thieves Guild DLC
Related Content
Read Article General Brasch is becoming a beloved tall-tale in Helldivers 2
General Brasch is becoming a beloved tall-tale in Helldivers 2
Read Article Disney Dreamlight Valley teases next Star Path event with an emoji mystery to solve
The Peppy Popcorn Squirrel from an upcoming Star Path event in Disney Dreamlight Valley
Read Article You can get the Thieves Guild DLC free this month in Elder Scrolls Online
Elder Scrolls Online Thieves Guild DLC
Author
Tim Harding
Tim has been playing games for over 25 years and tries to play as many as possible to completion. From FPS games, survival horror, RPGs, and platformers to soulslikes, he likes to dabble in everything. He's also played every Call of Duty title since Call of Duty 2 came out in 2005. His favorite games of all time include Banjo-Kazooie, Gun Star Heroes, Bioshock, God of War Ragnarok, and far too many more to choose.