Ubisoft confirms XDefiant will not have pay-to-win mechanics

XDefiant will not have pay-to-win features (Image via Ubisoft)
XDefiant will not have pay-to-win features (Image via Ubisoft)

Ahead of XDefiant's launch, Ubisoft has posted several blogs about the upcoming first-person shooter title, with the most recent one discussing its in-game purchase philosophy. In the blog, the developer confirmed that the game will not feature any pay-to-win mechanics in its system. Instead, it emphasized the importance of rewarding the players' time and their focus on customization.

Keep reading to learn more about Ubisoft's vision of monetization in the game.


XDefiant's in-game purchase philosophy, explained

In the recent blog released on Ubisoft's official page, the XDefiant developer announced that it is steering clear of any pay-to-win mechanics in the upcoming free-to-play game.

Ubisoft said:

"Any gameplay impacting content that is purchasable is also unlockable through challenges to ensure fair play amongst our community. For example, the DedSec faction in Preseason will be purchasable or unlockable through an in-game challenge by acquiring 700k XP."

The developer also emphasized its goal of rewarding players' time by providing extensive customization options to those who participate in more matches. All games, victory or defeat, will contribute to a progress bar that unlocks content either by Battle Pass or in-game challenges.

Players can claim rewards from the free Battle Pass, in-game weekly/daily challenges, Ubisoft Connect challenges, weapon mastery, and community participation.

Aside from rewarding players' time, Ubisoft also highlighted its priority on offering extensive customization options for players to express their identity. The game will have Character skins, Weapon skins, MVP Player Animations, Player Cards, Emoji Packs, and more.

At launch, the following content is expected in-game:

  • Premium Battle Pass
  • Character cosmetics
  • Weapon cosmetics
  • Faction unlocks
  • Player Card Backgrounds
  • Player animations
  • Emoji packs

XDefiant will be released on May 21, 2024, on PC, PlayStation, and Xbox X/S.


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