Those who enjoy playing first-person shooters will have another game to look forward to with Ubisoft’s XDefiant. The game is an attempt to blend together multiple Ubisoft franchises into one arena-like shooter. This would include franchises like Ghost Recon, Splinter Cell, Watch Dogs, and a few others from Ubisoft’s ensemble of series. The game is being developed for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series consoles, and PC, however, it doesn’t have a set release date for any platform. But players interested in XDefiant may have to wait a bit longer than expected.
Unfortunately, XDefiant wasn’t able to pass an important first-party certification test. This was done back in mid-August, which was confirmed by Ubisoft Executive Game Director Mark Rubin. In a blog post that was shared on the Ubisoft website, Mark went into detail about why the game is experiencing a delay and what happened with the certification test. “At the end of July, we started this process, and we got our first results back by mid-August which was a Not Pass. We realized then that we had more work related to compliance than we had anticipated. If it HAD passed, then we would have been able to ship at the end of Aug. But it didn’t and so we have spent the last 3-4 weeks fixing those issues and getting ready to do another submission. We are currently in the CM prep part of that process and will hopefully be submitting to 1st parties in a little less than 2 weeks.”
XDefiant is being developed by Ubisoft San Francisco and will be a free-to-play arena shooter. Mark went on to explain exactly why there is no set release date for the game, citing that development for the game isn’t like other game releases. “If we were following the standard rules for game releases, we would have set a date far enough in advance with enough buffer to have a confident release date. However, like a lot of things with this game, we have not chosen the typical route.
Having millions of people play your game long before it’s ready is not normal. Not being afraid to show an unfinished game to millions of people with all its flaws is not normal. These were real tests and not just marketing events. So, when it comes to when we will release the real answer is “as soon as we can.” And we will continue to update you with more info when we have it.”
To their credit, Mark and Ubisoft are being very open and transparent about the progress of the game. While most games have to resubmit their application for certification on any platform, it’s not typical for fans to get insight into the process. Hopefully, soon a more concrete release date for XDefiant will be made for all platforms.
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