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Published on April 13th, 2023 | by gareth


XDefiant Closed Beta Goes World-Wide

Time to squad up.



Crossplay support will allow players to experience Ubisoft’s Free-to-Play FPS until April 23


SAN FRANCISCO – April 13, 2023Today, Ubisoft announced closed beta dates for XDefiant, a free-to-play, fast-pace arcade shooter developed by Ubisoft San Francisco and featuring factions inspired from some of Ubisoft’s beloved franchises. The closed beta begins today and will run until April 23. Crossplay will be enabled for the Closed Beta, so players can enjoy XDefiant from their PC, PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X|S. Players can register for a chance to participate in the closed beta on


The closed beta will introduce players to the XDefiant arena, including features that will be available at launch:

  • All 14 maps that will be available at launch
  • Four Ubisoft franchise-inspired factions
  • 24 weapons
  • 44 attachments
  • Five explosive devices


Players can experience playing as one of four Ubisoft franchise-inspired factions: The Cleaners (The Division), Libertad (Far Cry 6), Echelon (Splinter Cell), and Phantoms (Ghost Recon Phantoms). Each faction includes three characters, but only one will be unlocked from each faction. The others are unlockable through missions.


While players will not be able to keep their progression at launch, they will be able to keep up to 10 exclusive cosmetic items at release.


XDefiant commemorated the start of today’s Closed Beta with a showcase on Ubisoft’s official Twitch and YouTube channels, which included a deep dive into the game, seasonal roadmap, a Q&A session with Executive Producer Mark Rubin and a special ranked mode showmatch led by streamers Patrick “Aches” Price and Jonathan “Pacman” Tucker.


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About XDefiant:

Led by Ubisoft San Francisco, XDefiant is a competitive fast-pace arena FPS, where players will face off in 6v6 Player-vs-Player (PvP) matches in unranked and ranked modes. Players can play as factions inspired from other Ubisoft titles and can customize their characters with a variety of weapons, attachments, abilities and ultras. Maps on XDefiant are also inspired by maps from other Ubisoft titles. Adapting your squad and teamwork tactics can be all the difference when competing in the various modes on XDefiant.


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