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XDefiant has had two beta tests and fans are hyped for a new shooter to launch on the market. However, a release date has not been confirmed and has hardly been mentioned by the developers at all. With Modern Warfare 3 releasing soon, many are cautious that XDefiant may attempt to launch around the same time, and think that may be a bad idea. Recently, Mark Rubin released an update, giving us some more info on a possible release timeframe for XDefiant, and the process of launching a game.

It now looks like the game's earliest release date could be end of September, with a potential delay until early-mid October.

It turns out that XDefiant’s original plan for launch was the end of August. However, the game was not approved on its first submission to parties such as Sony and Xbox.

“At the end of July, we started this process, and we got our first results back by mid-August which was a Not Pass. We realized then that we had more work related to compliance than we had anticipated. If it HAD passed, then we would have been able to ship at the end of Aug. But it didn’t and so we have spent the last 3-4 weeks fixing those issues and getting ready to do another submission. We will hopefully be submitting to 1st parties in a little less than 2 weeks. If that Passes cleanly, then we could be looking at a mid-to-end of September release. There is however a likely scenario where we get a conditional Pass meaning we have to do a Day 1 patch with some final fixes to ensure compliance. If we do need to do a Day 1 patch, then that pushes our date out to early/mid-October.” said Rubin

This means that with XDefiant looking more towards an October launch, they’ll be dropping the game about a month before Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. However, if the game is not approved fully once again, we could be looking at a launch after the release of MW3.

Why does XDefiant not have a set release date? Well Rubin explained this, stating that they have done almost everything by “not [choosing] the typical route”. “Having millions of people play your game long before it’s ready is not normal. 

Not being afraid to show an unfinished game to millions of people with all its flaws is not normal. These were real tests and not just marketing events. So, when it comes to when we will release, the real answer is “as soon as we can.” And we will continue to update you with more info when we have it.”