Cancel those Valentine’s plans; For Honor is looming large on the horizon, and to ensure you’re fully prepped and ready to step foot on Ubisoft’s battlefield, here’s everything you could possibly need to know about the publisher’s new IP.
It’s Ubisoft’s budding new IP and one rooted in a medieval setting. For Honor also marks the publisher's first foray into the competitive realm of action-strategy, with players forced to swear allegiance to one of three factions: The Legion, The Warborn, and The Chosen
The battlefield awaits, soldier.
"Witness the bloody brutality of the battlefield as history’s most iconic warriors come face to face. Choose between the agile Chosen, the brutal Warborn or the brave knights of The Legions and fight for land and glory."
Set hundreds of years after a cataclysm brought the world to its knees, the enigmatic Warlord known as Apollyon has pitted the Knights, Vikings, and Samurai against one another. The fragile equilibrium that once existed between the three factions has been shattered, and in its wake spawns a full-blown war.
"The world of For Honor is harsh, yet filled with beautiful wildlands, grandiose landmarks, and majestic ruins. Its hardy inhabitants eke a living as they can in spite of living in a state of near perpetual war. A cataclysm struck a millenium ago, nearly destroying all civilizations. Homelands were sundered, empires burned, and whole nations exiled themselves. From the ashes of this catastrophe, the Knights, Vikings, and Samurai rose again. They struggled to rebuild their nations, trying to recapture the glory of their ancestors."
Despite boasting a single-player campaign, For Honor is an always online experience, much like The Crew and The Division before it.
"We can confirm that For Honor is an always online experience. Some elements of progression, which is hosted online, are shared across story and multiplayer modes. Players will need to be connected to the internet at all times to play For Honor."
Tapping into an innovative battle system known as The Art of Battle, For Honor is a third-person action game at its core. The official description reads as so:
“Master a unique combat system designed to put you in full control of every, swing, block, jab and parry. For Honor's 'Art of Battle' system not only allows you to deal damage and dodge incoming blows, it also weights each individual action based on your footing, determining your ability to counter incoming attacks, exploit openings or sidestep an incoming blow.
"Every face-off will be a test not just of raw strength, but of skill, attention and timing, making every move decisive.”
Part of the reason why For Honor initially captured the imagination at E3 2015 comes down to just how refreshingly new Ubisoft's IP is shaping up to be -- and we’re not just talking about the frankly awesome Jason VandenBerghe and his equally awesome cane.
Two years ago, we selected For Honor among our Best of E3 2015 Awards.
Despite labelling it to be a "super-required feature" at the outset, Ubisoft has opted to cut split-screen support from For Honor, stating:
"It was a feature that we loved, but when we looked at what needs to be done to support online co-op, for us it was critical to make the decision now so we can polish all the features at the Triple-A level and make sure that we have the most amazing experience."
Much like the multiplayer experience, For Honor's single-player component will allow players to choose between the three factions. Depending on your choice, you'll either be fighting as The Orochi (Samurai), The Raider (Viking), or The Warden (Knight).
"Playable as single-player and two-player co-op, the For Honor story mode is an immersive tale of larger-than-life warriors plunged into one of the bloodiest wars between Knights, Vikings, and Samurai in recent history."
The five primary game modes of For Honor are described as so:
So far, Ubisoft has detailed three of the war-torn arenas to feature in For Honor. They include Citadel Gate, Overwatch, and River Fort for the Knights, Samusai, and Vikings, respectively.
If the The Legion, The Warborn, and The Chosen represent For Honor's three principal factions, each of those groups boast four distinct classes: Vanguards, Assassins, Heavies, and Hybrids.
For Honor's Open Beta is, at the time of writing, still live. It'll continue through until February 12, which goes some ways to explaining why Ubisoft decided to hold fire on review copies.
“This Open Beta comprises a limited portion of the game and is a work in progress – it’s not the full nor the final game. For Honor will include more Heroes, more modes – including a full-fledged story mode, more maps and more features when the game launches on February 14th, 2017.”
A limited-time event, War of the Factions, will also take place during the Open Beta.
"The battlefield will be reset from Closed Beta. Now, everyone has a chance to fight for ultimate victory and Reign Supreme. Only those who fight for the winning faction in the Open Beta will reap the ultimate reward. Prepare for the Open Beta, which will run from February 9th to 12th."
Airing just before Super Bowl LI, Conan O' Brien, Tom Brady, and Dwight Freeney took For Honor out for a test drive in a recent edition of Clueless Gamer. Hilarity ensues.
Expected to be priced around the $40 ballpark, the For Honor Season Pass bundles together:
In outlining For Honor's post-launch support, Game Director Damien Kieken stressed that new modes and maps will be added free of charge.
“So everything that’s matchmade [including] new modes and new maps, will be given for free to the players. We’ll also have other free content. We are a big team supporting the game after launch.”
Despite offering free DLC after launch, For Honor will feature microtransactions. The in-game currency is known as Steel and, much like Rainbow Six Siege before it, players will be able to unlock new characters via currency earned in-game, or by purchasing additional Steel via real money.
When quizzed about this approach to monetization, Game Director Damien Kieken said:
“It’s just a shortcut. Everything is unlockable just by playing the game. And all shortcuts are tied to progression, so you can’t unlock an end-game item right away.”
According to the EU PlayStation Store, the digital version of For Honor requires at least 35GB of free space on PS4.
In addition to the Apollyon bundle, there's also the Gold and Deluxe editions of For Honor to consider.
Full details below:
Deluxe Edition ($69.99): “Get your greasy gauntlets on the Legacy Battlepack, featuring three exclusive hero outfits - one for each warring faction - along with exclusive, day-1 content included in the Deluxe Pack. All these extras will be unlocked from the minute you load-up along with a full standard copy of the game.”
Gold Edition ($99.99): “Get the ultimate taste of all-out medieval combat with the For Honor Gold Edition. Not only does this edition include the Legacy Battlepack - with three exclusive outfits - and the day-1 Deluxe pack, you'll also the For Honor season pass. The season pass will give access to new content and add-ons due to be released throughout the coming year.”
Curious to learn more about For Honor's premium package? Priced at $219.99 USD, the GameStop-exclusive Collector's Edition bundles together enough goodies to make even Apollyon recoil with jealousy.
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Comprised of 55 accolades in total, For Honor's Trophy list includes two Gold, six Silver, 46 Bronze and of course, that all important Platinum.
Tyler Treese flew the flag for PSLS during For Honor’s recent closed beta test and, once the dust settled, left largely impressed. Said he:
“I’ve only spent a few hours with For Honor, but I’m pretty impressed with what I’ve seen so far. I do find it a bit strange that multiplayer teams can pick warriors from any of the three factions, as it killed the idea of seeing a whole army of knights fight a group of samurai. Still, it’s probably for the best that players aren’t restricted in what character they can pick, as each has different types of attacks and abilities that can be equipped.”
Due to the game's online nature, coupled with the last-minute Open Beta test, For Honor review copies won't be distributed until the game's launch on February 14.
Tyler Treese will be handling the review for PSLS.