XDefiant Disappoints PlayStation Fans with Glaring Admission after Launch

Ubisoft's new shooter XDefiant offers thrilling gameplay and varied factions but disappoints PS5 trophy hunters.

XDefiant and Playstation


  • Ubisoft's new free-to-play shooter XDefiant was released on May 21 for PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.
  • XDefiant doesn't offer a Platinum trophy for PS5 users, which is disappointing for trophy hunters.
  • Despite initial launch issues, XDefiant has received mostly positive feedback for its map design, gameplay, and modes.
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Ubisoft’s new free-to-play first-person shooter, XDefiant, just released on the 21st of May for PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC. This casual free-to-play shooter brings together locations and factions from various Ubisoft franchises, such as Tom Clancy, Far Cry, Watch Dogs, and more.


Players can choose from five factions at launch, with more coming in via different seasons later on. These factions currently include Libertad from Far Cry, Echelon from Splinter Cell, Phantoms from Ghost Recon, DedSec from Watch Dogs, and Cleaners from The Division.

XDefiant Doesn’t Have a Platinum Trophy for PS5

XDefiant has more than a few things in common with classic Call of Duty games.
XDefiant has more than a few things in common with classic Call of Duty games.

One major disappointment for PlayStation 5 users has been that XDefiant will not feature a Platinum trophy. Most PS5 games include this achievement, which is a reward for getting all the other trophies in the game, but XDefiant lacks in this department. The game only has 13 trophies in total, with no platinum trophy as a reward for getting the 13 other trophies.


The trophies include one Gold, three Silver, and nine Bronze. This barebones trophy list is a letdown for those who enjoy the challenge of unlocking every achievement. For XDefiant, players can earn trophies by playing through the game, performing well in matches, leveling up weapons, and trying out different game modes.

The tasks required to unlock these trophies are pretty straightforward, and there aren’t any particularly hard challenges. This might be a relief for casual players but a disappointment for serious trophy hunters who enjoy more complex achievements and grind out to get them.


Despite the lack of a Platinum trophy, there are still plenty of reasons to give XDefiant a shot. The game is launching with 14 maps and five different game modes, promising a variety of experiences right from the start. 

What Are People Saying About XDefiant?

XDefiant gained three million unique players in just the first three hours.
XDefiant gained three million unique players in just the first three hours.

The game launched to mostly positive reception from fans and critics. They have praised its map design and its variety, as well as the gameplay and various modes. Some criticism has been drawn to the sound design and animations for the weapons, as well as some clunkiness in the gameplay.


One big selling point for XDefiant was that it was seemingly an alternative to Call of Duty. Especially with this game’s lack of skill-based matchmaking (SBMM), which makes for a more varied and fun experience. Call of Duty has notoriously doubled down on SBMM in the past few years, with a lot of Call of Duty fans wanting it to be removed from the casual playlists as it leads to more difficult and less varied matches. 

Another big selling point is the game being free to play, which has led it to become Ubisoft’s biggest launch with the greatest number of players—three million unique players in just three hours.

While the launch of online only and other live service games can sometimes be bumpy, XDefiant had an especially tough launch. The majority of the players couldn’t get into the game for several hours on the first day. The launch issues have since been fixed and the game has been performing well.


Have you played XDefiant yet? What do you think of it? Let us know in the comments below.


Written by Suhaib Adeel

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Suhaib is a Gaming Content Writer at FandomWire. He's extremely passionate about video games and movies, and loves working in the pop culture space. Some of his favorite games include Fallout: New Vegas, Disco Elysium, Yakuza: Like a Dragon, Persona 5, Final Fantasy XII, Dishonored, and Bloodborne.