For Honor Closed Beta Launching January 2017, New Hero and Story Trailers

Ubisoft has announced a closed beta for their upcoming historical-warrior focused action game, For Honor.

The closed beta for the game will launch sometime next month, and it will let players take command of Knights, Samurai, and Vikings as they enter the lands of Ashfeld, Valkenheim, and Myre and battle it out in online multiplayer. Featured above, a new trailer was shared to introduce some of the game’s story campaign.

Ubisoft is hosting a pre-launch, timed event dubbed the “War of the Factions”, coming alongside the closed beta. This event will track all players online across all platforms, and will attempt to resolve the age old question: “When the might Vikings, Samurai and Knights finally collide on the same battlefield, who will reign supreme?” Users who participate in the beta will get goodies, as well as the winning faction.

The company also revealed a new meta-game within the game, appropriately dubbed the “Faction War,” which is likened to a persistent and ongoing cross-platform struggle between the Vikings, Knights, and Samurai. You choose a faction, fight in battles and see the game world change, as well as earn “War Assets” based on your performance in battle.

You can later redeem these assets to help conquer and defend territories in future battles. These pan out over 10 total week-long multiplayer matches, with players getting rewarded based on how their faction comes out at the end of the season.

Finally, Ubisoft debuted a trio of new trailers introducing some of the game’s playable hero characters, including:

  • Peacekeeper: Selected from the desperate, the humbled or the devoted, they are sworn to secrecy by unbreakable oaths. Quick and lethal, they fight with a short sword in one hand and a dagger in the other. Peacekeepers are the deadliest duelists of all Assassins, capable of winning a fight before their enemy even knows they are here.
  • Shugoki: Once the guardians of the Samurai, they have become as family. Massive and fierce, their weapon of choice is the kanabo, a huge stick that they only can wield efficiently. The Shugoki might not have the same agility as the other Samurai, but their rock-like resistance and demon-like strength make them an unavoidable force on the battlefield.
  • Warlord: Warlord is a name from an ancient Viking tradition, a name that is earned by only the true leaders in combat, those who are ready to spend their whole life servicing all who need it. Warlords’ shields are as versatile as they are strong and their sword, while simple in design, is sharp and deadly.

Here’s a few more trailers for the Peacekeeper, Shugoki, and Warlord heroes:

In related news, Ubisoft officially confirmed the game will require an always-online internet connection, even when playing single player. You can read more about that here.

For Honor is launching across PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on February 14th of next year.



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  1. Neojames82
    December 14, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    For stupid online DRM.

  2. Captain Vidya
    Captain Vidya
    December 14, 2016 at 11:38 pm

    Due to the always-online DRM, I could not care less about this game anymore. Which sucks, because it seemed really cool when I saw it.

  3. Mr0303
    December 15, 2016 at 12:33 am

    No, thanks, Ubi. Adam Orth might like it though.

  4. Pocketmarmots
    December 15, 2016 at 1:01 am


    Sure, some of it seems kinda dumb, but my interest is piqued all the same~

    …Thank god the online-only part doesn’t really bother me. >.>

  5. Madbrainbox
    December 15, 2016 at 2:04 am

    They’re asking 60$ for an always online game.LOL.
    Was fooled once with D3.No more.But this is good.I’ll give it a try when it goes FTP.

  6. PixelBuff
    December 15, 2016 at 11:40 am

    >forced online DRM

    more like For Nope.