So, what's going on with XDefiant? Ubisoft's upcoming free-to-play FPS was supposed to launch this summer — following a few well-received playtests earlier this year — but its full release never materialised after the game failed certification on console back in August. We thought those issues would then be cleaned up for an imminent release on Xbox, but that now doesn't seem to be the case.
The team has posted to Twitter to let fans know that its initial 'preseason' launch of XDefiant has once again been delayed. Here's the full lowdown on what's happening with the game right now:
"Thank you to everyone who participated in our recent Public Test Session and continues to stand alongside us as we build XDefiant. The PTS once again showed us your appreciation for our fast-paced gunplay, uniquely crafted maps, objective-driven modes, and iconic Faction roster.
But it also surfaced some inconsistencies in the game experience that we need to address prior to launching our Preseason. So we've made the hard decision to delay the Preseason of XDefiant.
The team will continue working to address these issues and testing them to make sure we deliver on our goal of being a best-in-class arcade shooter. We will share more information about Preseason and testing as it comes.
Thanks again for your support- we’re working hard to make something really special and we couldn’t do it without you."
The last time we had any sort of release window for XDefiant, the developer was gunning for 'Summer 2023', so, when this thing will launch is anyone's guess at this point. It's good to see the team open and transparent with fans though - as they continue to work through the sort of development hiccups that are often kept behind closed doors.