The First Descendant is turning out to be one of July's biggest Xbox releases, and the free-to-play looter shooter is now available to preload on the platform. Coming in at roughly 37GB on Xbox Series X, you can go hands-on with this free shooter tomorrow, July 2nd.

To coincide with the game's release, a bunch of outlets have also been testing it out for a final round of previews. So, we'll drop some impressions for the game down below, along with a handy infographic that tells you the exact global release times for The First Descendant.

The First Descendant Release Times Xbox

The First Descendant launches for Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One on July 2 at Midnight PT / 3am ET / 8am BST.

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The First Descendant Previews


"The First Descendant isn’t GOTY material, and that’s why I like it. Its core gameplay loop is fun, it’s easy to play but hard to master, and it’s a seamless, quick experience that you can weave in around the myriad other things occupying your day. I’m excited to dive back in when The First Descendant release date rolls around."


"I played the third-person looter shooter game hands-on for nearly an hour at the recent Summer Game Fest Play Days event, and it kept me in a state of non-stop action. I was intrigued in part because The First Descendant had a particularly good cinematic trailer during Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest show. The game is pretty polished, as it comes out on the PC and consoles on July 2. I played it on the Xbox."

"...I don’t think that means that The First Descendant is doomed. On the contrary, the gameplay is tight, there’s strong co-op potential, and it feels a bit more international than its competitors. That could elevate it and turn it into a surprise hit. A free-to-play launch certainly won’t hurt either. It also feels like the kind of game that could hit its stride over time, mounting a Warframe-style arc in the long run. The foundation is there; it just needs to find its personality fast."

The Loadout

"Though its presentation is neat and its narrative beats offer enough to hook you in, the developer is going to need to present a robust post-launch roadmap if it’s to survive the unforgiving live-service landscape it’s about to jettison into beyond its first few months. As always, I hope to be proven wrong, but right now I don’t think The First Descendant will make it."

IGN (Review-In-Progress)

"I’m certainly not having a bad time. I’ve got a whole lot left to play, including the all-important endgame, for instance, so as of now I’m still not sure if The First Descendant will be my next looter-shooter fixation, or yet another one that misses the mark."

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