If you’re sitting there looking forward to playing Ubisoft’s XDefiant, you’re in luck; it looks like you might just be playing what could be one of the best competitive FPS games very shortly. Why do we think the XDefiant release date is on the way? Well, it’s all because of Ludwig’s World’s Greatest YouTube tournament event – of which, XDefiant is one of the eight games being played.
On July 31, streamer and content creator Ludwig ‘Ludwig’ Ahgren announced that he will be hosting a World’s Greatest tournament event on YouTube to decide “who is the GOAT gamer” once and for all. Featuring the likes of Valorant pro Tyson ‘TenZ’ Ngo, Chess grandmaster and streamer Qiyu ‘Nemo’ Zhou, fighting games icon Dominique ‘SonicFox’ McLean, and ex-Overwatch pro Matthew ‘Super’ DeLisi, this tournament will feature 16 players in a tournament held across two days where players will compete on at least eight different games.
As we already alluded to, one of the games included in Ludwig’s World’s Greatest tournament event is XDefiant – which isn’t actually out yet. In fact, just a day before Ludwig’s announcement, XDefiant executive producer Mark Rubin explained that “the process of getting approved by first parties” is taking a little longer than usual. While this supposedly hasn’t impacted Ubisoft’s “anticipated release timeframe” of this summer, Rubin’s comments still had many fearing that XDefiant could be delayed.
However, with Ludwig’s tournament scheduled to take place on September 2 and September 3, we could very-well be playing XDefiant by then – and that’s very exciting.
Of course, take all this with a pinch of salt; it could be that XDefiant’s approval process continues to be drawn out, it doesn’t release before Ludwig’s tournament, and another FPS game takes its place. However, the fact that Ludwig is planning to host part of his World’s Greatest YouTube tournament event on XDefiant next month does suggest some strong confidence will be out by then.
If the World’s Greatest tournament event interests you, you will be pleased to know that it will also feature Minecraft, Genshin Impact, Fall Guys, Lego 2K Drive, Street Fighter 6, Tetris Effect, and Trackmania. Yeah, it’s an eclectic mix of games and only a couple of them are what you would consider to be traditional competitive titles.
Still, with one of the best fighting games in Street Fighter 6 and one of the best games of all time in Minecraft, this is sure to test every skill of the players taking part – especially when you throw XDefiant into the mixer.
If you want to learn more about XDefiant, you can read up on the latest information about all the XDefiant factions and their abilities, and about XDefiant’s Year 1 roadmap right here. There’s a lot of content coming to this shooter; we think it’ll be worth the wait.