A lot of credit has to be paid to Ubisoft for their efforts to create more new and interesting IP’s.
They’re continuing to follow that trend by focusing a new online action game where melee battles reign supreme. For Honor pits three of the strongest soldiers seen throughout history against each other – Knights, Samurai and Vikings. The anticipation for this fresh take on the action genre has been growing since E3 2015. We hopped into the beta, spent some personal time with the game’s devs and came away even more impressed than we were beforehand. For fans of games such as Bushido Blade, this Feb. 14 release evokes that game’s same melee combat spirit.
There’s a lot to know about For Honor, so let’s get into a preview guide that fully details it all.
1. The Single-Player Campaign Pits You Against a Ruthless Warlord
While a lot of the coverage for For Honor’s been about its multiplayer component, you may be surprised to hear that it features a meaningful single-player campaign. The main antagonist (a brutal warlord named Apollyon) stands firm in her belief that the Knights, Samurai and Vikings have grown weak. She sets out to embroil all three factions in a large scale war by manipulating a series of events that impacts each one. The conflict she creates ends up causing friction between the Legion, the Warborn and the Chosen. Players will take control of several different heroes from each faction as they engage in violent campaigns and fight to the death during intense boss encounters.
2. Engaging in Combat Focuses on Your Mastery of the “Art of Battle” System
The biggest feature of For Honor is its incredibly deep combat system, which is referred to as the “Art of Battle.” When a player runs into another human player or a stronger than normal AI controlled warrior, a one-on-one duel ensues. Coming out on the winning end of these battles means you have to master your offensive and defensive maneuvering. You can choose to position your weapon from three directions (up above, the left and right), which impacts the way you can defend yourself and land attacks. You can block attacks by positioning yourself in the same direction as your rival. Landing successful attacks occurs when you attack them from a stance they’re not currently in. You can pull off weak and strong strikes as well as shoulder charges.
Each faction features their own heroes who stick to specialized combat styles. The Knights run with the Wardens, Conquerors, Peacekeepers and Lawbringers. The Samurai head into war with the Kensei, Shugoki, Orochi and Nobushi. And the Vikings are empowered by the Raiders, Warlords, Berserkers and Valkyries. Warriors come in four separate classes – the Vanguard, Assassin, Heavies and Hybrids. Vanguard’s are balanced in both offense and defense, Assassins are fast warriors but they deal less damage, Heavies are slow but extra heavy hitters and Hybrids use uncommon abilities plus they’re a mix of the other three classes.
3. The Multiplayer Features Five Modes and Two Maps Per Faction
When it comes time to get into the multiplayer side of things, players can do so by hopping into five different modes. These modes include Dominion, Brawl, Duel, Skirmish and Elimination. As far as the maps are concerned, each faction is tied to a battle arena of their own. The Knights do battle within the Cathedral and Citadel Gate, the Samurai do the same in the Forest and Overwatch and the Vikings fight for honor in the Canyon and River Fort.
Along with all the active fighting and defending you’ll be doing, all the victories and losses you’ll acquire will impact the “War of the Factions” metagame. This huge portion of the multiplayer experience has already concluded during the Closed Beta, but it will also play a part during the Open Beta and full game experience. Players have to align themselves with one of three factions – the Iron Legion, the Warborn Viking clans or the Samurai of the Dawn Empire. After choosing a side, you can pick any warrior type from any group and fight to attain victories for your faction.
Completing multiplayer matches awards you with “War Assets,” which can then be spent on a sole territory or on multiple territories that are still being contested. By looking at the world map hub of this ongoing faction war, you can check out which territories are ruled by each faction. Each victory you gain counts towards your faction’s global world score. At the end of the each Faction War period, whichever side controls the most territories wins. The victorious faction will be gifted with a variety of exclusive rewards for their hard fought efforts.
4. The Season Pass Comes With a Bevy of Content, Plus Free DLC is Arriving in the Future
For Honor’s Season Pass is packed with additional heroes and a 30-day “Champion Status” that gives its recipients early access to better gear and extra experience. The devs behind the game have also announced that plenty of free DLC will arrive post-launch. All that free DLC will gift everyone with new maps, modes and gear. The full suite of Season Pass content includes:
– six new heroes that will be released seven days before being available for all players
– six elite outfits
– the “Day One War Pack”
– an exclusive sunbeam effect for character emotes
– three exclusive emblem outlines
– three scavenger crates with additional loot
5. For Honor Comes in a Standard, Deluxe, Gold and Apollyon Collector’s Edition
Ubisoft is clearly going all in with For Honor. They’re offering gamers the chance to obtain it in four different ways. Pre-ordering either the Standard, Deluxe, Gold or Apollyon Collector’s Edition will gift you with the “Legacy Battle Pack,” which comes with three exclusive armor designs. The Deluxe Edition comes with more hero customization options and items. The Gold Edition comes with all the Deluxe Edition’s content plus access to the Season Pass. And finally, the GameStop exclusive Apollyon Collector’s Edition features the following goodies:
– the For Honor Gold Edition
– a 14-inch Apollyon Statue: Standing at over a foot tall, this highly-detailed statue features an accurate reproduction of Apollyon, For Honor’s main Warlord.
– an exclusive Apollyon Lithograph: The Warlord of the Blackstone Legion seeks to bring war to her enemies in this exclusive Limited Edition Lithograph.
– an Origins Note: Go deeper into the battlefields of For Honor as you uncover Apollyon’s previously untold origins. What secrets lie in the past of the Blackstone Legion’s mysterious leader?
– Premium Collector’s Edition Packaging