Dishonourable discharge: For Honor's player count has dropped by 95%

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Update June 5, 2017: For Honor's player count still hasn't recovered since March this year. In fact, it's dropped even further. Now 95% of its playerbase have wandered off to other things, like some kind of game-playing ronin.

It's not out of the ordinary for player counts to gradually drop off, but they generally rise back up again as new content arrives. For Honor got two new heroes just last month, yet its player count is the lowest it's been. 

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News of the drop off comes via analytics site Githyp, who report that the fighter is now peaking at 3.4k players, compared to the 71k high of the beta. 

The aforementioned Shadow and Might update saw the game's players-per-hour jump to 4.7k, but now it's hovering around the same number it was before the update: 2.2k players-per-hour. 

A similar thing happened with Rainbow Six Siege, but that's maintained a healthy community thanks to consistent updates from Ubisoft. Perhaps they can bring this weary warrior back to life too. 

Original Story March 7, 2017: For Honor’s launch was plagued by connection issues. A great multiplayer game scuppered by technical hiccups. It’s a huge shame, and could well be a factor in why its player count has seen such a huge drop-off since release.

Of course, it’s normal for players to leave a game behind after a little honeymoon period, but online games like this usually keep hold of their players a little longer. 

For Honor’s launch registered an average of 39k players per hour on Steam. After a week, that number was down to 21k. Now it’s down to 15k, so the number has dropped by 62%. As Githyp report, Uplay saw a similar drop. 

This drop might not be down to the game’s quality or technical issues, mind you. We’ve had a stupidly busy 2017 for new releases. We’re two months into the year, and already we’ve had a wealth of great videogames. 

A similar thing happened with The Division, but Ubisoft managed to coax players back with strong post-launch content and frequent updates. 

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callumjsim(1 day 8 hours played)
3 Months ago

It's the quality. It's a simple pick up and play game, however connection issues are terrible and matchmaking is a joke noobs are just getting smashed against guys with lvl 108 gear and that's when the game is playable. A good stable system would have made this game a mainstay in this year's game collection, instead however it'll fade.

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callumjsim(1 day 8 hours played)
3 Months ago

Also Rainbow, although a great game is still fairly difficult for a new player to get into. It becomes almost impenetrable because of the general skill level

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SquareNexus Avatar
2 Weeks ago

What the hell are you? XD - The whole point of getting higher gear is so that you can have better odds against other players, meaning you have better chances. So there would be no point to higher gear if that was the case, because then higher gear wouldn't give you any advantage. - People would be more likely to leave the game if that was the case. Because you'd be upgrading something which would turn out to be a fraud.

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QDP2 Avatar
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3 Months ago

People in Beta felt the problems. Ubisoft returned insisting they had solutions to the problems by release. Majority of beta players (myself included) remained skeptical, and rightly so.

For Honor is another example of how Ubisoft believes they know better than the people they are trying to take money from. Maybe if they took a look at how Blizzard handled Overwatch (increasing server tick-rates, generally improving the game based on players requests), they would have a semi-decent fanbase.

At the moment I'll only question playing Ubi's single player games. Even then I'll wait for news on the PC port quality and game reviews.

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Daniel Mtanous - USA Avatar
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3 Months ago

will never trust Ubisoft after The Division.

If you must buy from them make sure it is available offline and has all the content because I'm not going to keep paying more than $60 for 1/6th of the content and then have to grind ON THE INTERNET for the rest of the 5/6th that I payed MY MONEY with.

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WoodyPlaysGames Avatar
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3 Months ago

IMHO, the last game(s) Ubisoft did right was the Farcry series. Unfortunately rumor is they are about to redirect focus of that series to be solely multiplayer as well. I just don't trust Ubisoft anymore. They always seem to have great ideas, but they just can't execute well because they cut corners and don't cater to the fans. It's gonna ruin them one day. I haven't seen a game from them in years that was worth spending full price on from day one.

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2 Weeks ago

For honor needs an update just dealing with the larger problems with the game, not just minor bugs and fixes. One of the games I've been playing is Raimbow Six Siege and they're dev team are having three months dedicated to qol updated with one-step matchmaking, character select menu redesign and generally making the game more user friendly. If for honor used a system where they use dedicated servers or make most things clientside instead of running all the calculations on one computer I'll come back.

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[EXDS] Mathiesin Avatar
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1 Week ago

For Honor is a joke! I have 160 hours, Item level 141... Waste of my time!!

• Imbalanced match making (Goodluck going up against 144 item level newbs)

• Broken Classes (2 new classes have broken any semblance of equality on the battlefield)

• Connection issues (You will spend more time waiting for a match than enjoying actual gameplay)

• Little to no rewards, items received are reskinned over and over

• No true sense of accomplishment in any aspect of the game...

Overall, I am encouraging all of my friends, and family to avoid this train wreck... It should be put down out back and people should have their money refunded...

If you need your PVP Melee fix, check out Absolver: http://absolver.com/

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lazzarocks Avatar
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3 Months ago

This happens to literally every game stop doom saying for the sake of views. No game maintains the release player base after 2 weeks to a month. The game is early doors for something which could be competitively very good. It will get tweaked just like Rainbow six.

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