Screenshot of the cover art for XDefiant
Image via Ubisoft

XDefiant release countdown: Exact start time and date

It's finally happening.

XDefiant was initially meant to come out in the summer of 2023, and although the game ended up being delayed for almost a year, the wait is almost over.

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For anyone out of the loop, XDefiant is a free-to-play shooter created by former Call of Duty devs now working at Ubisoft. The game aims to deliver a more fun and varied experience by not having skill-based matchmaking in casual modes, as well as adding a classic prestige system. So, here’s exactly when XDefiant releases.

When does XDefiant release?

XDefiant characters on a purple background.
Locked and loaded. Image via Ubisoft

After multiple delays and months of wait, XDefiant is scheduled to launch on Tuesday, May 21 at 12pm CT on PC, Xbox, and PlayStation. The preload for the game is going to be available a few days earlier, on Thursday, May 16 at 12pm CT on all platforms.

XDefiant release time

XDefiant launch day is bound to be a busy one, and while the latest server stress test went well, it wouldn’t be surprising if the servers came under a bit of pressure. But that shouldn’t stop you from trying out the game, so here are the official times for the XDefiant release on all platforms:

  • US and Canada: 12pm CT on May 21
  • South America: 2pm BRT on May 21
  • Europe: 7pm CEST on May 21
  • Oceania and Asia: 3am AET on May 22

Below, you’ll find a countdown showing how many hours are left until XDefiant launches available in CT time:

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XDefiant preload time

If you want to jump in as soon as the game launches, you can preload XDefiant a few days early. Here are the official times for when the preload becomes available for you to be armed and ready on the launch day:

  • US and Canada: 12pm CT on May 16
  • South America: 2pm BRT on May 16
  • Europe: 7pm CEST on May 16
  • Oceania and Asia: 3am AET on May 17

Below, you’ll find a countdown showing how many hours are left until XDefiant preload becomes available in CT time:

According to the official X account, if you already have the game installed from previous playtests, it may receive an update before the launch day.

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