Ubisoft’s new FPS game, XDefiant, is making waves on Twitch by surpassing Call of Duty: Warzone in viewership. Despite being in a limited beta stage, the game is gaining popularity and being viewed as a potential competitor to Call of Duty.
XDefiant is bringing new features to the FPS genre that are lacking in recent Call of Duty games, fulfilling long-standing requests from Call of Duty fans. Ubisoft has been generating excitement for the game ahead of its official launch by giving keys to streamers, and offering prizes to viewers, including during the official broadcast event. Initially called Tom Clancy’s XDefiant, the game dropped Tom Clancy’s name later on.
There’s A New FPS In Town
In just 48 hours after its closed beta launch, XDefiant has already become one of the most-watched games on Twitch, attracting approximately 50k viewers and surpassing the combined viewership of Warzone 2 and Modern Warfare 2. Although the numbers are tight, XDefiant is presently ahead, with 45k Twitch viewers, while Warzone and Modern Warfare 2 trail behind with 27.5k and 9.4k.
It seems that the COD franchise may be on it’s last legs in some respect, the titles will always sell good and be popular but in terms of the market leader for shooting games/first person shooters, it’s probably had it’s day. The stats don’t lie as the saying goes, and the repetitive gameplay, theme and annoying glitches that have failed to be addressed, might be the final straw that broke the camels back.
Ubisoft’s announcement of XDefiant in 2021 promised fast-paced gameplay with realistic gunplay, which has captured the attention of FPS players. The game’s surge in popularity on Twitch is evidence of Ubisoft’s dedication to engaging with its players and incorporating their feedback into the game. XDefiant’s trio-squad shooter format has also been well-received, drawing in more players to the game.
Anticipation is high in the gaming community as XDefiant’s official launch later this year draws near. When it does arrive it’ll be available on the current next gen consoles, Windows PC and be free-to-play.