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A highly-requested feature is coming to XDefiant soon, Executive Producer confirms

I spy with my little eye.

Ubisoft's latest free-to-play online shooter XDefiant, still hot off the press following its May 21st, 2024 release, remains popular despite some glaring issues like a shoddy net code and missing features, one of which is a kill cam. Now it looks like it'll be here sooner than later.

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The news arrives courtesy of Mark Rubin, Executive Producer on XDefiant at Ubisoft in San Francisco, who recently responded to a user on X (formerly known as Twitter) asking for an update on kill cams. Rubin appeased the fan and confirmed the cameras' existence by noting that they are currently being worked on and that the developer has already even tested them out. Unsurprisingly, they still require a lot of fine-tuning and improving, but rest assured they are well on their way.

Naturally, XDefiant players are pleased as punch about the news. But it's worth noting that the introduction of kill cams might bring with it some unintended consequences – a pandora's box of sorts, if you will. With the game's net code issues being worse than ever (even after the game's latest patch), gamers are still doing double takes wondering how the hell they just got shot from behind a wall.

This is to say, the all-seeing eye of a kill cam might further expose XDefiant's poor net code and inconsistent hit registration. For a game that is already getting lots of flak on the issue, this could become very problematic for developer Ubisoft.

With any luck, they'll fix their net code issues stat before rolling out the kill cam feature, or simultaneously. If not, the explosive combo of kill cams and long-unaddressed hit registration issues just might spell the beginning of the end for XDefiant. And no one wants that—not I, and not Ubisoft.

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Ivan Krasnov
Ivan Krasnov has been a writer for over 7 years. His areas of interest include shooters like Call of Duty, Apex Legends, and The Finals, but also RPGs like Cyberpunk: 2077 and the Dishonored franchise and single-player experiences like God of War and The Last of Us. Ivan has a double major in History and Russian from Oberlin College and when he isn't gaming – he is playing music and touring Europe with his band.

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