Crossfirex Campaign Reveal TrailerSource: Microsoft / Remedy

Crossfire is an incredibly popular first-person shooter franchise that's mostly played in Asia. The game is known for intense free-to-play online multiplayer that pits two teams against each other, and has amassed over 650 million players, making it one of the most played games of all time.

CrossfireX, the radically new entry in the Crossfire franchise, is making a big statement in many ways. The largest is that it's coming to Xbox consoles, including the Xbox Series X for the first time ever, and before anywhere else.

Here's everything you need to know about CrossfireX for Xbox:

A new first-person shooter

CrossfireX

A new spin on war.

CrossfireX is an all-new experience for Xbox, featuring massive online multiplayer and an intense campaign, all optimized to take advantage of the power of Xbox Series X. We don't know everything yet, but what we've seen is incredibly exciting.

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What is CrossfireX?

Crossfirex Campaign Reveal TrailerSource: Microsoft / Remedy

CrossfireX is the next entry in a long running franchise that has incredible popularity in Asia and other countries, and has gathered a large gathering of loyal players to its free-to-play multiplayer. CrossfireX promises to be bigger and grander than its predecessor, and take advantage of next-gen technologies and power. Combining its traditional free-to-play online multiplayer with an all-new single player campaign, CrossfireX looks to make an exciting entry into the next-gen of gaming.

First introduced back at E3 2019, the game has since gotten two other trailers showcasing both the multiplayer and campaign portions of the game. Despite a claimed 2020 release window, we still don't have a ton of information, but anything can happen come this Holiday season, as we expect CrossfireX to launch alongside the Xbox Series X.

Who is developing CrossfireX?

Crossfirex Campaign Reveal TrailerSource: Microsoft / Remedy

CrossfireX is being developed by Smilegate Entertainment, the studio behind the original Crossfire, and will be published by Xbox Game Studios (Microsoft) on Xbox consoles. However, the single player campaign portion of CrossfireX is being co-developed by Remedy, the studio behind games like Control, assumedly so Smilegate Entertainment can instead focus on the multiplayer.

What do we know about the multiplayer for CrossfireX?

CrossfireXSource: Microsoft

Crossfire sees players join one of the world's two most dangerous private military factions, Global Risk or Black List, and battle it out in a variety of fast-paced game modes. Gameplay wise, CrossfireX seems to share some similarities with popular tactical shooter Counterstrike: Global Offensive, but with its own unique twists and mechanics, with a wide selection of weapons and gear to choose from.

There's also expected to be a lot of game modes to choose from since Crossfire aims to be accessible to FPS fans of all types, with a special focus on team-based play rather than solo hunting. However, the most interesting part about CrossfireX is that despite its next-gen optimizations and fluid multiplayer, the game will be a free-to-play title than anyone can download and jump into as long as they're subscribed to Xbox Live Gold.

Finally, CrossfireX will also have some kind of cosmetic system in place for weapons and other customizations. It's not clear what form monetization will take for the multiplayer.

What do we know about the campaign for CrossfireX?

Crossfirex Campaign Reveal TrailerSource: Microsoft / Remedy

Very little is known about the campaign for CrossfireX, beyond that it's being co-developed by Remedy, as single-player content is new to the Crossfire franchise. Fortunately, the official Xbox page and the newly released reveal trailer from the Xbox Games Showcase shed a little more light on the campaign than we had previously.

CrossfireX will further explore the "why" behind the conflict between Global Risk and Black List, and let players dive into the global war that erupted between the two factions. According to the official Xbox page, CrossfireX's single-player campaign will feature stories and missions from both sides of the conflict, so that players can see different perspectives on this intense international confrontation.

Gameplay wise, the campaign should be very similar to the multiplayer in movement and gunplay, but with different objectives and possibly unique abilities and mechanics. From the campaign trailer, we can see at least one gadget-based ability (a camouflage that seems tied to the player's armor), and there are possibly more that can be used.

Will Xbox Game Pass support CrossfireX?

CrossfireXSource: Microsoft

The multiplayer for CrossfireX is free-to-play, so there's no reason for it to make an appearance on Xbox Game Pass. As far as the campaign is concerned, the recent campaign reveal trailer told us that the single-player experience will not be on Xbox Game Pass, unfortunately, and will be sold separately. This is understandable, as while CrossfireX has a close partnership with Xbox, it doesn't come from a first-party studio, so they're not under any obligation to support Xbox Game Pass day one. That's not to say the campaign won't come in the future, but there's no guarantee.

At the very least, players who want to play the CrossfireX campaign day one will need to shell out the money to pay for it.

Will other platforms like PC and Playstation get CrossfireX?

Crossfirex Campaign Reveal TrailerSource: Microsoft / Remedy

Right now, CrossfireX is only officially confirmed for Xbox One and Xbox Series X, with Smart Delivery ensuring you're always playing the best version of the game for your console. There's no official confirmation right now that CrossfireX will release on PC alongside Xbox, despite the original Crossfire being a PC-only title with massive success.

Don't let that discourage you. Xbox and Smilegate Entertainment have been careful to call CrossfireX a "Console Launch Exclusive," which means it'll only be Xbox exclusive at launch. Even if Xbox comes a little before, I'd be shocked if CrossfireX didn't become a staple FPS title for PC down the line.

Playstation is a little less clear, however. I'd love to see CrossfireX eventually become available on all platforms, preferrably with cross-play in tow, but it's quite possible Playstation players will never see this next-gen title.

What is the release date and price for CrossfireX?

The exact release date for CrossfireX has not been revealed yet, but that's not to say we've been completely left in the dark. CrossfireX should debut on Xbox sometime in 2020, including existing Xbox One consoles, making it a perfect launch title for the upcoming Xbox Series X. CrossfireX will even support Smart Delivery, so you'll always get the best version for the console you're playing on.

As far as pricing is concerned, the multiplayer segment of CrossfireX will be completely free-to-play, so there's no purchase necessary to get in on the intense online action the game offers. There will be a separate campaign experience, new for the franchise, and it looks like it'll be a paid experience, included in a Premium Battle Pass at launch. Unfortunately, the campaign will not be included in Xbox Game Pass.

We'll keep this section updated whenever we learn new information, so check back in regularly.

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CrossfireX is an all-new experience for Xbox, featuring massive online multiplayer and an intense campaign, all optimized to take advantage of the power of Xbox Series X. We don't know everything yet, but what we've seen is incredibly exciting.

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