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Is XDefiant free to play?

Ubisoft's new first-person shooter is already making waves, but is XDefiant free-to-play when it launches on PlayStation and Xbox consoles later this year?

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Is XDefiant free to play? Ubisoft’s shooter has caught the attention of many FPS fans throughout its closed and open betas, but many are wondering ahead of launch if this will be a free game or a paid experience like Call of Duty.

Ubisoft’s latest competitive title has received a decent amount of praise so far, with great gunplay and a diverse array of XDefiant factions to pick an ability-stuffed character from. But is it going to be one of the best free shooting games when it drops, or will you be paying up for a chance to play it? Well, we have good news for you ahead of the XDefiant release date.

Is XDefiant free to play?

XDefiant will be free to play when it releases on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, and Amazon Luna later this year. While there may be paid elements in the game, such as cosmetics, access to the core game and most of its content will be totally free.

The XDefiant open beta running from June 21-23 will also be free-to-play for those on current-gen consoles and PC – last-gen consoles and Amazon Luna is not included in this beta.

As you can see below, XDefiant will also arrive with lots of free content at launch. It’s currently not clear if the game’s Year 1 content is also going to be free for all players, but we expect that it will be, and that the only thing you’ll have to pay for is store cosmetics or premium battle passes. XDefiant plans to release a new map every month for the game, so you’re getting a lot of content for your zero dollars.

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So there you have it, you can play XDefiant for free, eventually when it releases. There is a lot to get your head around when it comes to this shooter and it does have the potential to be one of the best competitive FPS games come launch, especially with fully-fledged features like XDefiant crossplay in multiplayer.