Ubisoft's upcoming free-to-play competitive shooter has had a rocky road to release. The game was first slated to launch this summer but ran into issues when trying to pass certification on both PlayStation and Xbox consoles. There was then hope that XDefiant would be out by late September if the team could iron out the issues in time. Obviously, that date has come and gone, but a recent rumor said that XDefiant might be looking to launch on October 17, the same day that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone is starting the semi-annual Haunting event. However, a new rumor claims that the date might have been pushed back once again to October 28.
The latest rumor comes from TheMW2Ghost on Twitter. They are a reputable leaker of that series but don't usually cover other games. As with any leak or rumor, you'll want to take this with a grain of salt because the XDefiant devs have yet to say anything about a release date. That said, MW2 Ghost claims that there is a launch event taking place on October 28, which would mean the team has made the decision to not release alongside a new Call of Duty event.
I’ve been told that xDefiant looks to be launching October 28th. I’ve been hesitant reporting on this for a little bit as it’s not a game I cover.— MW2 OG (@TheMW2Ghost) October 5, 2023
It absolutely may change but as of now - there is a launch event for 28th.
If that turns out to be the case, that's probably a good choice for XDefiant. Going head-to-head with a major Call of Duty event just a few weeks before the next game in that long-running franchise hits was always going to be difficult. It's still going to be a tough window to launch in, but if XDefiant is going to become the long-tail game Ubisoft wants, it'll have plenty of time to find its niche.
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