Ubisoft’s XDefiant game is delayed again after failing Xbox and PlayStation Certification

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    After failing certification for the PlayStation and Xbox platforms, Ubisoft’s free-to-play first-person shooter XDefiant has been delayed. XDefiant was supposed to be released in summer 2023, however PlayStation and Xbox require Ubisoft to iron out more problems and faults before the game can be distributed.

    Players in XDefiant can choose from a variety of factions and classes, each with their unique set of abilities and weaponry. Each side is based on a different Ubisoft franchise, such as the Phantoms from Ghost Recon or Echelon from Splinter Cell. In a near-future United States setting, players can choose their faction and engage in gunfights across multiple 6v6 battlefields.

    Ubisoft announced an XDefiant open beta in June to stress test the game ahead of its summer release, and a roadmap for the game’s first four seasons was published.

    However, due to complications that developed during the certification process, Ubisoft fans will have to wait a little longer until XDefiant is officially published.

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    Ubisoft’s executive producer and director Mark Rubin revealed in a recent blog post that XDefiant will be delayed owing to a problem affecting PlayStation and Xbox certification. The certification procedure began at the end of July, according to Rubin, and the development team obtained a Not Pass in mid-August.


    According to Rubin, XDefiant failed certification due to compliance and functionality flaws that must be addressed before the game can be released on the PlayStation and Xbox platforms. Ubisoft will work to fix functionality bugs to ensure that XDefiant’s gameplay and shooting mechanics work as intended, and platform owners will continue to work on compliance bugs related to system features like trophies, friend list compatibility, and other platform-specific elements.

    According to Rubin, Ubisoft worked on correcting the game’s issues for three to four weeks. In one to two weeks, the company will submit XDefiant for certification. If XDefiant passes certification, it will be released in mid-to-late September 2023. XDefiant, on the other hand, might theoretically obtain a conditional Pass, which would necessitate Ubisoft developing a day one patch and delaying the release until early-to-mid October 2023 instead. Rubin is unable to provide a specific release date, but Ubisoft intends to publish more details on XDefiant once it has passed PlayStation and Xbox certification.

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    It’s evident that XDefiant still requires critical bug repairs before it can be released, and both outlets and gamers expressed similar sentiments during the closed and open beta tests. The extra development time may be good to the overall quality of XDefiant, but a release date closer to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and other anticipated releases may be negative. If XDefiant’s launch is overshadowed, has attractive features, or suffers from technical issues, its prospects of outperforming Call of Duty are limited.

    XDefiant will be available shortly on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.

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