Ubisoft has announced that the upcoming free-to-play FPS XDefiant has been delayed to an October release from its initial summer release window. The decision comes as a result of the title failing to meet Microsoft and Sony’s console certification tests. In a recent update on the Ubisoft website, executive producer Mark Rubin stated that the game will now likely need additional work to meet each platform’s requirements. According to Rubin, the issue is specifically Compliance bugs, which are “ones that relate to the systems and overall experience that the first parties expect from games on their platform.” He also stated that the team is currently in the CM prep part of that process and will “hopefully be submitting to 1st parties in a little less than 2 weeks. If it passes then the team then “could be looking at a mid-to-end of September release.”
XDefiant details via Ubisoft:
XDefiant is a free-to-play, first-person online arena shooter where you compete in fast-paced clashes. With cross-play available at launch, you will be able to play with friends on a variety of platforms.
Customized Loadouts – Choose from a large arsenal of weapons, attachments and devices to optimize the way you play. Combine any weapon with any Faction, and unlock new options as you play to perfect your playstyle.
Factions – Factions are drawn from iconic Ubisoft worlds and represent distinct classes, each with unique abilities and Ultras. Choose any character from any faction to assemble your team of six players. Change your Faction at any point during play to adapt to your strategy.
Maps, Modes, and Mayhem – Play in a diverse range of 14 maps at launch across several different arena and linear modes including Zone Control, Escort, Occupy, and more. Fight in casual matches or climb the tiers in competitive ranked mode.
New Content Every Season – Every three months will bring a new season that includes a brand-new Faction, new characters, new maps, new weapons, new cosmetics and events. As a live game, XDefiant will continue to deliver an exhilarating experience season over season, with a wide variety of fresh and fun content.