For Honor marches into Chinese history with four new warriors and a 4v4 siege mode

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Brutal medieval axe grinder For Honor is getting four new Chinese warriors as part of an update called Marching Fire, Ubisoft have said at their E3 announce-a-thon. It’s also getting a new 4v4 game mode about besieging castles, as well as a to-be-revealed “endless” singleplayer mode and some equally unknown two-player co-op stuff. The game’s cut-down Starter Edition is free for keepsies right now too. It was all announced with the battle pizzazz of a slow-mo cinematic trailer, which you’ll find below. Stabby stab.

The fighters from the Far East make up the new Wu Lin faction, explained Roman Campos-Oriola, creative director, and they’ve arrived in For Honor’s ahistorical nonsenseland after being kicked out of their homes for various reasons. Here’s the line-up:

“The Jiang Jun, once a feared general, now uses his guandao to wreak havoc on the West. The Nuxia, a bodyguard betrayed by allies, uses her hook swords to slay anyone who stands in her way. The Shaolin, a warrior monk forced to watch his monastery burn, now spreads the gospel with his staff. The Tiandi once sat fourth in line for the throne but was consumed by madness and killed his brothers, ultimately leading to the defeat of his empire. Now, he atones by seeking out the wicked with his broadsword.”

The new Breach mode, meanwhile, will see players busting down gates and effing up fortresses, while others defend against any such advances with pots of boiling oil and archers. I don’t have time to teach you the basics of this mode because I am in California right now and A VERY BUSY MAN. So here is a video that runs through it all.

There’s also some good news for the cheapos among you. The Starter Edition of the fighter is free from some point today until 18 June (but only on Uplay, it seems). That’s a good price for a slice-em-up that has traditionally been a little wonky and buggy but has nevertheless always had some oomph to it, and has recently improved with the addition of dedicated servers and some training features.

The update will be out on October 16, and you can read more about it on the official website.

Check out our E3 2018 tag for more announcements, trailers, news, and goodness knows what else.

9 Comments

  1. Skandranon says:

    The siege mode is actually what I thought For Honor originally was, when it first showed up.

    Like Mount and Blade sieges with cool stylish combat.

    So good to see it finally happening, I guess.

  2. racccoon says:

    new battle royale..additions coming soon

  3. Ham Solo says:

    But is’t still P2P, isn’t it?

  4. Evan_ says:

    Why there is no “FREE!!!4!” suffix in the title? Ya don’t want your cost efficiency obsessed readers maimed and mutilated by us, huhh?

    Don’t hesitate to hop in you liked the gore in Mortal Kombat, or the dynamic, reactive fighting of the better games in the genre. Don’t let the camera angle trick you, this one is more Soul Calibur than Dark Souls.

    It’s easy to learn, hard to master. That still means you are dead meat before you get the hang of the basics. Don’t let that discourage you, find an expert to train with at the start instead.

    Starter edition is cool. While you familiarize with a character, you unlock two more. I actually prefer that to having everything available from the start. It’s a very light grind, compared to the better f2p business models, not to mention the egregious ones.

    • Daemoroth says:

      It’s a very light grind, compared to the better f2p business models, not to mention the egregious ones.

      I’d bloody well hope so, considering it’s not f2p.

      That said, I am always tempted by For Honor, but lack of cross-platform makes any game like this a serious gamble which I choose not to take.

      Never sure that there’s a decent population around in my timezone (Usually the Steam chart is bottoming out during my peak time), let alone one fragmented by three different platforms.

  5. Darth Gangrel says:

    That endless singleplayer mode actually sounds like it might be fun, but I haven’t played any games with a Horde mode, I just like having lots of enemies to kill in singleplayer.

    Though, I probably won’t get it until a few years have passed and by that time there will be some other better game out there. Also, the Steam store doesn’t say if U-Play is required, just say that you need an Ubisoft account. Not getting U-Play in several years.

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