Tom Clancy’s XDefiant announced, here’s how to play it early

Tom Clancy’s XDefiant was announced today, with the new FPS being revealed by Ubisoft in a short presentation. The free-to-play, fast-paced arena shooter aims to combine intense gunplay with personalized loadouts and specialized factions, with this multiplayer experience set to roll out in the future. The publisher also revealed that players would be able to play XDefiant early, presumably via an alpha or beta.

How to play Tom Clancy’s XDefiant early

Tom Clancy XDefiant play early beta live phases pre order

Tom Clancy’s XDefiant will be able to play early on August 5, with players able to register here. This will be exclusive to PC players in the US and Canada, though more live phases are set to become available in the near future.

After registering, players will receive news and live phase updates for XDefiant. While players can register their interest across platforms, only PC players in the US and Canada will get a chance to experience the first testing phase.

XDefiant is also launching on PS5, Xbox Series X, PS4, and Xbox One, though it hasn’t been confirmed if live phases will be available on consoles or if it will be PC only.

Can you pre-order Tom Clancy’s XDefiant?

Tom Clancy’s XDefiant is a free-to-play game, so pre-orders won’t be available. Instead, the game is likely to receive a simultaneous launch across platforms, with players then able to jump into XDefiant for free with their friends and other online players.

XDefiant is a surprising announcement for Ubisoft, as many were expecting the reveal to instead be a spin-off from one of its existing properties. However, with the publisher inserting factions representing various Tom Clancy properties into the mix — including the long-overlooked Splinter Cell — this is still a riff on the company’s lengthy history, even if it isn’t directly related to an existing Tom Clancy property.

In other news, it was revealed that Nintendo has “no plans” for a Switch Pro following its announcement of the controversial Switch OLED. Pre-orders for the upcoming Steam Deck were also delayed.