XDefiant: How to access the closed beta and more?

Ubisoft’s upcoming free-to-play FPS, XDefiant has entered its beta phase and currently has a closed beta going on. It went live on April 13, 10 am PT, and will go on till April 23, 11 am PT. So, if you want to have a little taste of what’s to come with the full release of XDefiant, stick around to find out how you can get access to the closed beta. 

How to play the XDefiant beta?

Since it’s a closed beta, not everyone can play it. You will need a code to get in there are two, technically three ways to get access to XDefiant’s closed beta. 

The first and easiest way you can get hold of a beta code is to try your luck and sign up on the official XDefiant website. We say try your luck because a code isn’t guaranteed.

However, Ubisoft has been handing out codes to a lot of people so the chances of you getting one aren’t slim. If you are selected, you will receive an email from Ubisoft revealing the code and detailing the process of redeeming it. 

The second way to get the code is a waiting game. You can potentially get a code via Twitch drops by watching streamers who are partnered with XDefiant.

To qualify for a drop you will have to watch a minimum of 30 minutes of said stream. Just make sure you have a Ubisoft account and are signed up for Ubisoft Twitch drops. If you’re on a console make sure to link your console to your Ubisoft account. If all goes well, your code will be waiting to be claimed in your Twitch inventory.

(Note: It’s only possible to get a code through Twitch drops until 10:00 PDT, 13:00 EST, and 18:00 BST on April 15.) 

The third way will require you to have a lucky friend or two. Those who do get XDefiant’s beta code can invite up to 5 other players to the closed beta. So, if you have friends who got a code, make sure to ask them for an invite or tell your lucky friends to register on the official website. 

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Game modes available in the XDefiant beta

There will be four game modes available for players to experience in the closed beta of XDefiant:

  • Domination: A 6v6 game mode where each team will have to compete against each other to take control of three points and hold them down for as long as possible all the while gaining points. And of course, the team with the most points at the end of the timer or the first team to get 750 points wins. 
  • Occupy: Occupy is similar to Domination, but here there is only one capture point, and it keeps shifting from place to place across the map.
  • Escort: In Escort, there will be two teams (attackers and defenders) and a robot. The attackers will have to escort the robot across the map to the endpoint while they fight off defenders who are trying to stop the attackers from achieving their goal. The robot starts backtracking when the attackers are not near it putting players in a tug-of-war type situation. 
  • Zone Control: Zone control will also have attackers and defenders. There will be five zones and four of them are locked in the beginning. The attackers must capture the first zone, unlock the next zone and capture that zone, and so on. The defenders must stop the attackers from doing so. It’s a simple game mode that can lead to some intense moments. 

The XDefiant beta is currently playable on PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.