'XDefiant': How to Sign Up for the Tom Clancy Game's Beta

Tom Clancy's XDefiant is a new free to play shooter from Ubisoft San Francisco, the developer behind Rocksmith and South Park: The Fractured But Whole.

After months of teasing that they have been hard at work on a brand-new IP, the studio finally released an official announcement trailer yesterday. The gameplay footage showcased the team's first-person shooter debut and demonstrated how its six-a-side multiplayer matches will unfold.

What Is 'XDefiant'?

Among other things, XDefiant is promising frenetic gunplay, squad-based tactics and crossovers with other characters and places in the "Tom Clancy universe."

Speaking of which, the main draw here is that the game provides an opportunity for fans to mix and match different elements from the likes of Ghost Recon, The Division and even the long-dormant Splinter Cell franchise.

Specifically, there are four different factions for you to join at launch, those being The Cleaners and The Outcasts (from The Division), the Echelon spy organization (Splinter Cell) and The Wolves (a special forces unit from Ghost Recon Breakpoint).

These groups will serve as XDefiant's equivalent to traditional classes, with some specializing in healing, while others have more sophisticated reconnaissance capabilities or powerful weaponry. For example, those in the Echelon faction will get to benefit from Sam Fisher's trademark night vision goggles, as well as the ability to ping enemies through walls and share information with teammates.

Elsewhere, the game will also transport you to iconic locations from other Tom Clancy properties, including The Division's war-torn depiction of New York City.

Outside of this enticing shared universe gimmick, XDefiant does seem like a relatively vanilla offering at the moment, with the multiplayer footage looking rather indistinct from hero-shooters like Apex Legends or Valorant. Still, that is not necessarily a bad thing if you have a soft spot for this genre and there appears to be a decent amount of depth in terms of both weapons and character customization.

How to Sign up for the 'XDefiant' Beta Test

Only time will tell if XDefiant is going to be capable of holding its own against the established heavy-hitters in the free to play market (i.e. Fortnite), but if you want to get in on the ground floor then you can sign up for the game's early access trial.

Much like the "Halo Insiders" program, this grants you an opportunity to play a beta version of XDefiant, provide feedback on its core mechanics, and highlight any technical issues you encounter.

Speaking about this in the reveal trailer, Jason Schroeder, the title's creative director, said: "We need to get you in early and find out what you think [...] Your feedback is essential to help us make this game great."

According to XDefiant's website, PC owners in the U.S. and Canada can register for a closed test that begins on August 5. There will naturally be other betas further down the line for console players and those who live in different regions, but no dates have been confirmed yet.

Regardless, you can still register now by heading to the website and selecting the platform that you would like to use for future playtest. You can choose from PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S and the Xbox Series X.

Please note that registering won't guarantee you access to any of the betas and you can only sign up with one system, so make sure to consider your options. Once you have decided upon your preferred platform, you will then have to create an Ubisoft account if you don't already have one.

XDefiant didn't have a confirmed release date at the time of writing.

Tom Clancy's XDefiant Keyart
"Tom Clancy's" XDefiant is a multiplayer crossover between "The Divison," "Ghost Recon" and "Splinter Cell." Ubisoft