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Ubisoft’s first-person shooter XDefiant will launch on May 21.

Tom Clancy’s XChallenging It’s almost upon us. Ubisoft will release the free-to-play first-person shooter on May 21 for Xbox Series X|S, PS5, and PC via Ubisoft Connect. The developer is starting with the preseason version of the game, which is scheduled to run six weeks early. XDefiant’s The first season officially begins. Ubisoft announced the game back in 2021, promising team-based matches with a focus on shootouts that will include elements from other games in the Tom Clancy universe.

The preseason will offer five different game modes with 14 maps, 24 weapons and five playable factions inspired by other Ubisoft franchises. Players will need to choose their faction before the match begins and before respawning. They must also choose their primary and secondary weapons (your options include assault rifles, submachine guns, shotguns, and sniper rifles) and a grenade. To customize a weapon, they can add barrel and muzzle accessories, such as sights and grips.

Each faction will give players access to two active abilities, a passive power and an ultra ability that they must charge up as the match continues. Freedom, one of the available factions, focuses on healing, while members of the Cleaners faction can use fire to burn their opponents. Echelon players can reveal enemy locations with their stealth technology, while the Phantoms’ abilities can block damage. The last faction available, DedSec, is for those who want to play as hackers.

When the first season launches, Ubisoft will add four new factions, 12 new weapons, and 12 new maps to the game. According to the Year 1 roadmap the developer shared last year, it hopes to release four seasons with the game’s first year, and each one will add more new content aimed at keeping players interested, engaged, and wanting more. chances of returning and continuing to play.