Welcome to XDefiant Season 1 — Here’s what’s new

We know you’ve been waiting to enjoy even more XDefiant, and the great devs at Ubisoft San Francisco have broken down the many fantastic additions in the first season of XDefiant. As you ready yourself to jump into the fray on July 2nd, you might want to get caught up on what’s new. We’ve collected all the intel below, so take a look as you prep. See you on the battlefield!

New faction- GSK

Season 1 brings Team Rainbow operators of GSK to disrupt enemies. Deploy electrified barbed wire for area denial, counter enemy devices with their Active Defense System, and dazzle foes with their G52-Tactical Shield.

New maps- Clubhouse, Daytona, Rockefeller

New Mode- Capture the Flag


The different levels will be:

  • Bronze
  • Silver
  • Gold
  • Ruby
  • Emerald
  • Diamond
  • Legends
  • Legends Top 500

Everyone will reset to Silver rank if they’ve played previously past Silver, with Bronze staying Bronze. A practice mode will ensue for the first seven days of the season (*update, they’re starting Season 1 after only one day) to prep players on what is new before beginning in full. Up to a full squad of four can queue together up until Diamond, where it restricts to duo queuing.


XDefiant: Season 1 Battle Pass Trailer



  • Changed the expiration timing of activated Boosters so their lifespan counts down only during match time, when you’re actually playing, rather than all the time, like when you’re folding laundry or whatever.
  • Lowered the XP threshold for each Battle Pass tier to give Battle Pass progression a little more pep.
  • Tuned Match Bonus XP rewards: MVP and Victory went from 2,000 to 1,000 XP. Draw went from 1,000 to 500. Completion doubled from 2,000 to 4,000 to encourage player stick-to-itiveness.
  • Answered a community ask to add a headshot icon to the Killfeed because it feels good to rub it in.


  • Added the GSK faction and their no-nonsense announcer: HQ.
    • These elite Team Rainbow operators from Germany’s Border Protection Command specialize in crowd control and securing territory. They can deploy electrified barbed wire for area denial, counter incoming enemy devices with their Active Defense System, and dazzle multiple foes with flash charges mounted on their G52-Tactical Shield ultra. Call them Grenzschutzkommando because it’s fun and also accurate.
  • Increased the cooldown of Echelon’s Intel Suit from 30 to 40 seconds.
  • Tuned the cooldown of the Phantoms’ Mag Barrier from 30 to 40 seconds. Mag Barrier hit points were also reduced from 500 to 400.
  • The Phantoms’ AEGIS now takes damage from EMP grenades (lob six to put it out of commission).
  • DedSec Hijack cooldown decreased from 28 seconds (plus the remaining duration of  the hacked skill) to 20 seconds (plus the remaining duration of  the hacked skill).
    • For example, let’s say a Mag Barrier has 7 seconds left and gets hacked: The cooldown becomes 20 plus 7 seconds. Failed Hijack cooldown, meanwhile, decreases from 8 to 5 seconds.
  • DedSec’s Spiderbot cooldown increased from 25 to 40 seconds.
  • Adjusted Spiderbot behavior so multiple Spiderbots won’t attempt to hug the same face, nor will Spiderbots continue to ignore faces they’ve hugged multiple recent times. Some give and take from the Spiderbot kingdom.
  • Decreased the cooldown of Libertad’s BioVida Boost from 25 to 20 seconds.
  • Fixed Libertad’s Medico Supremo so it will no longer disappear after the deploying player respawns as a different faction.


  • Added the new Clubhouse map, a two-story hangout popular with international operators. Ideal for firefights in the short- to mid-range. Home to game modes Domination, Occupy, Hot Shot, and the new CTF.

Game Modes

  • Added Capture the Flag, hereafter referred to as CTF. For the uninitiated: You take the enemy’s flag from their base and bring it back to your own, while protecting your team’s flag. CTF is available on a variety of maps.


  • Improved the hit flinch penalty incurred when being shot with a sniper rifle equipped.These changes are intended to refine the behavior of hit flinch, prevent instances where the camera would move off the target with the first hit and back onto the target with the second, and improve the experience for players sensitive to wild camera movements. Here’s the nitty-gritty:
    • The speed of the hit flinch camera transition has been increased by 25 percent.
    • The camera will now always kick upward rather than up or down at random.
    • The amount the camera will kick left or right has been increased by 3 times.
  • Added the L115 sniper rifle, which is not quite as heavy as the TAC-50 and has faster handling, although it deals slightly less damage and is not as effective at penetrating cover.
  • Added the LVOA-C, a snazzy customized rifle similar to the M4A1. It has a much faster rate of fire than the M4A1, but with that comes more recoil and less range. It also has slightly longer reload and equip times.
  • Added the Sawed Off secondary weapon. This close-range version of the double-barreled shotgun packs a big boom for its size. Imagine carrying a primary weapon in your secondary slot and that’s this.
  • Added new Mastery skins: Titanium Violet (unlocked at Weapon Level 300), Titanium Azure (unlocked at 350), and Titanium Prisma (unlocked at 400).
  • Fixed weapons and optics shake in first-person view while using ADS.


  • Added a new and improved visual effect for the flash grenade (replacing the previous effect, which was…intense). The new effect is less retina-searing but still appropriately disorientating.
  • Removed an exploit where players could respawn with multiple devices after fiddling with the “Copy Loadout” option in the lobby, so nice try.


  • Added the Creator Code program, which allows players to choose a creator to receive commissions from their XCoin purchases at no additional cost. Choose “Support a Creator” from the store to see a list of eligible creators.
  • Players were able to create a party with enemy players and voice chat during matches despite being on opposing teams, which seemed shady so that’s fixed.
  • Disabled whispers in text chat.


  • Tweaked the mix of in-game voices and sound effects for volume and clarity.


  • Players who participated in the Closed Beta were supposed to keep Kersey’s Dungaree skin. They didn’t but now they do.
  • Fixed Challenge-tracking issues with Ubisoft Connect.
  • Graphical and audio fixes, various.
  • Additional crash fixes.


Stay tuned to GamingTrend for more XDefiant news and info!

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