XDefiant sneaks in a final playtest as fans grow concerned for its fate

XDefiant sneaks in a final playtest as fans grow concerned for its fate

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Jack Marsh


27th Sep 2023 13:42

Has XDefiant missed the window to take down Call of Duty, or at least make a good dent into the FPS market?

That's the question on the lips of most fans, as the genre appears to be on the mend as Sledgehammer Games has leaned into the same fan-centric approach as Ubisoft for Modern Warfare 3, which is quickly approaching.

But to gauge whether XDefiant has lost its place, Ubisoft has now opted to launch a final playtest for fans, lasting just a few hours.

XDefiant launches a final playtest as release date continues to be eluded

After being delayed from a presumed August/September release date, XDefiant has now announced that a final playtest is being run for PC-only players.

Kicking off on September 28, players will be able to enjoy six hours of the current XDefiant build, which will be used to see how the game responds to updates and to unearth any bugs.

Speaking on Twitter, XDefiant creator Mark Rubin said this, "This is PC only as supporting this kind of thing is not generally conducive to console environments. Main reasons are update frequency and lead times for updates," explaining why PlayStation and Xbox fans can't join in.

Rubin also confirmed that tweaks to features such as hit-reg and latency have been adjusted/fixed for this new wave of playtesting, indicating that they are now much further down the line towards a full release.

XDefiant hopefuls are worried for its fate after delays

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The Ubisoft title sparked a lot of hope into fans when the beta was live, being a competitive-centric title that was set to capitalise on the failures of Modern Warfare 2. Yet nearly a year down the line of its first public run-out, the final product is still nowhere to be seen.

Now, fans think that Ubisoft has missed the window to snap up Call of Duty fans - the largest portion of the console FPS market - which will lead to its demise.

Popular content creator and Warzone pro "ScummN" claimed that "XDefiant fumbled so hard," which was met with a chorus of agreeing fans.

Weirdly, the fate of XDefiant now appears to be out of their own hands, and instead it will now have to rely on any shortcomings of Modern Warfare 3, unless it manages to attract other communities like Halo, Rainbow Six, or lingering CoD boycotters.

Jack Marsh
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Jack Marsh
Jack is an Esports Journalist at GGRecon. Graduating from the University of Chester, with a BA Honours degree in Journalism, Jack is an avid esports enthusiast and specialises in Rocket League, Call of Duty, VALORANT, and trending gaming news.
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