Tom Clancy’s universe has also joined the 6V6 Arena Shooter league through Tom Clancy’s XDefiant.
Ubisoft has finally revealed the latest installment in Tom Clancy’s franchise. Tom Clancy’s XDefiant is a six-on-six free-to-play first-person arena shooter. It seems that the game will carry elements of all three major Tom Clancy titles: Splinter Cell, The Division, and Ghost Recon.
Ubisoft has described XDefiant as “fast-paced fire-fights meets punk rock mosh pit“. The game will allow players to experience realistic gunplay with personalized classes. To elaborate, players will be playing as Defiants belonging to different factions. And each of these factions will have its unique traits, specialties, and team dynamics in battle.
In addition to special traits and abilities, each faction will also be equipped with an Ultra that will complement the player’s play style and the faction’s role. Here is where the “cross-over between Tom Clancy’s titles” aspect of the game comes into play. Each of these factions is based on one of Tom Clancy’s titles. The four factions announced are:
- Cleaners (Assault Class) – Based on Tom Clancy’s The Division
- Wolves (Tank Class) – Based on Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon
- Echelon (Support Class) – Based on Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell
- Outcasts (Healer Class) – Based on Tom Clancy’s The Division
In terms of gameplay, players might find similarities between Overwatch, which reigned as everyone’s favorite Arena shooter for quite a long time. Although Tom Clancy’s games have emphasized on Online Multiplayers more than Single-player story campaigns for a while now. Still, seeing Tom Clancy universe getting a first-person Arena shooter game came as a surprise to many.
Although, it seems like the Esports landscape will be getting more diverse from here. Recently, Bandai Namco also announced a similar six-on-six first-person shooter game named Gundam Evolution. Like Tom Clancy’s XDefiant, Gundam Evolution will also be free-to-play.
XDefiant will be released on Xbox Series X|S, PS4, PS5, PC, Google Stadia, Luna, and Ubisoft Connect. Moreover, the game might have cross-play from launch. However, Ubisoft has not revealed a release date as of yet. You can still apply to participate in the closed beta, which goes live on August 5, 2021.