At E3 2015 Ubisoft showed its upcoming For Honor third-person melee game, which it says mixes speed, strategy and team play with visceral close-range combat. Here we talk For Honor release date, price, platform compatibility and gameplay, plus offer a selection of For Honor screenshots and For Honor trailers to whet your appetite. Read: The most anticipated games of 2016.
Last updated 11 January 2017: Ubisoft has announced the For Honor closed beta, which runs at the end of January, with sign-ups open now. - Read more
For Honor release date: When does For Honor coming out?
Although it was expected to be launched in 2016, the For Honor release date is 14 February 2017.
For Honor platform compatibility
For Honor will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.
For Honor UK price: How to pre-order For Honor
Amazon is already listing For Honor for pre-order on PS4 and Xbox One. Currently For Honor is listed at £42.74, but Amazon's pre-order price guarantee means that if the price drops you'll pay the lower amount. Also see: Best new games coming in 2017
Game also has For Honor available to pre-order, with the regular edition at £44.99, and the deluxe version for £49.99. That comes with an exclusive lithography, the game's soundtrack, and a selection of in-game items and bonuses.
You can also pre-order from Ubisoft here with prices starting at £39. There are also Deluxe, Gold and Collector editions to choose from (up to £119) if you want things like bonus in-game content or even 1/3 scale helmets on a wooden stand.
For Honor may not be out until 14 February, but that doesn't mean you have to wait until then to try the game out. Ubisoft has announced that it is running a closed beta of the game in late January, and interested players can sign up now.
The beta, which runs from 26 - 29 January, will test out the game's War of the Factions online multiplayer mode. Every player must align themselves with one of the game's three factions: vikings, samurai, and knights. The game will then track multiplayer performance across all three platforms, and members of the winning faction will receive bonus in-game rewards, which will transfer to the full game once it launches.
If you want to join the beta, you can register here - you'll need an Ubisoft account to take part though. Once you're logged in, you just need to pick your preferred platform and choose a faction, and you'll find out later on whether you've been given a spot in the beta.
To find out more about the beta, watch the cinematic announcement trailer:
For Honor podcast
We discussed Gamescom on the UK Tech Weekly podcast. Listen here:
For Honor gameplay
For Honor is a medieval warfare game in which you play as a Viking, Samurai or Knight. Ubisoft has given each of these factions its own unique abilities and prospect. The Vikings (also called ‘Warborne’) are fiery and aggressive; the Samurais (also called ‘Chosen’) value combat mystery; and the Knights (also called ‘Legions’) focus on controlled thrust and parry.
Ubisoft has tried something new in this game, whereby players use the controller's analogue sticks rather than its buttons to control movements and actions in battle. This demands greater accuracy in gameplay in order for a player to be successful.
Game director Jason Vandenberghe said: "The goal is to put on a battlefield, sword in hand, and give you a new way to fight." Vandenberghe wants to do what Halo did with first-person shooters for sword-combat games.
So far Ubisoft has not said much about the single player mode, but it has shown a demo of the four-vs-four multiplayer mode, in which the player's objective was to take control over three territories. This earns the team points; should you die in battle you are able to respawn provided that your team has 1,000 points. If you have fewer than 1,000 points and low health you can return to your territory to revive your health. During a battle, successful kills unlock new skills and abilities for the player to use.
For Honor trailers
For Honor screenshots