In a rather crushing blow to trigger-happy gamers on standby, Ubisoft sneezes on the cake by suspending the release of its eagerly awaited shooter blend, XDefiant. Much like finding out Santa isn't real, Ubisoft leaves the gaming community in an echo-chamber of sighs and shoulder shrugs.
The hiccup in XDefiant’s send-off isn’t a first timer. Earlier, the game was benched due to a few round-peg-square-hole misfits in certification processes. Thought to be gearing up for a grand October finale, the rising anticipation now melts like butter in a hot frying pan.
With the sincerity of a guilty dog beside a toppled trash can, Ubisoft thanks everyone who took part in their Public Test Session. Their tweet update reads a speculative thesis, saying the Public Test Sessions had shown players' fondness for their adrenaline-pumping gunplay, artistically-curated maps and objective-triggered modes, not forgetting the iconic Faction roster. But this ray of sunshine had a few clouds.
Unexpectedly, the tests also raked up an uneven gaming experience that makes one's eyebrows furrow. The outcome? The devs have volunteered to walk down the thorny road of game postponement. Leaving players in the checkered strip of wonderment, Ubisoft holds the suspense card close to their chest, offering no clues about the potential battle-call for XDefiant.
Ubisoft's silver lining in this announcement-led storm is an unwavering commitment to tackling these glitches. Armed with their digital apparatus, the team promises to dive back into the depths of XDefiant’s coding pool to fish out and fix these blobs of imperfections. They have their eyes on the prize of a finest-in-class arcade shooter. The gaming community is assured of updates about the mysterious Preseason and further tests, as and when the devs crack them.
Let’s shine the spotlight on XDefiant. This is not just your run-of-the-mill shooter. It's essentially a cosmopolitan mélange of the greatest heroes and baddies from multiple Ubisoft franchises. Picture a shootout grand prix featuring factions from Splinter Cell, Watch Dogs, Far Cry, The Division and Ghost Recon. Let’s not forget the adrenalin-boosting gameplay that couples Counter-Strike’s blink-and-you’re-dead action with Overwatch’s awe-inspiring ultimate abilities. It's like a caffeine-infused Starbucks version of Shooty Smash Bros.
An initial hands-on preview hailed XDefiant as a "solid shooter", but also "messy" and hard to find one's bearings. It's a bit like getting an unexpected mushy letter from your secret admirer—surprisingly touching yet bafflingly perplexing. Austin Wood's verdict likened it to a jigsaw puzzle with missing corners. It missed out on being a rewardingly engaging ability shooter or an enticing enough arena shooter, pushing it into the spectra of difficult genres to knock at.
However, it appears Ubisoft has taken the cue from these criticisms, willing to delay and knit together the dangling threads of XDefiant. Let's hope they orchestrate a phoenix-like rise from these subtleties.
In the meantime, while Ubisoft locks itself in the laboratory to stitch patches onto XDefiant, fanatics eagerly await more news like hungry seagulls hovering over the beach on a hot day. Beta-bored gamers can try to douse the flames of anticipation playing the best online games currently on demand. Until then, patience, dear gamers! Your beloved Ubisoft is on the move!
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