For Honor release date, system requirements, beta and everything else we know

For Honor release date

For Honor is one of the odder games in development, and now it’s almost here. Pitting Vikings, Samurai and Knights against each other in a never-ending conflict over water, enflamed by a black-clad evil baroness named Apollyon, it’s hot on melee combat and getting you into intense duels against the faceless masses of the internet. A bit like Twitter. Here’s what we know about it ahead of release.

Check out some thoughts and impressions on For Honor’s PC gameplay.

When is the For Honor release date?

For Honor goes worldwide on February 14, 2017. We’ve made enough jokes about the perfect release timing of a game about killing people with axes going hand in hand with Valentine’s Day already, thank you.

Need to know exactly when you can play? Here's when For Honor releases and unlocks in your region

Alright, I wanna play. What are the For Honor system requirements?

For Honor PC Minimum Requirements Specs

Well, invisible voice in my head, here’s what Ubisoft say you’ll need to run it at 720p and 30 fps on low settings:

  • OS: Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit versions only)
  • CPU: Intel Core i3-550 / AMD Phenom II X4 955 or equivalent
  • GPU: 
    • NVIDIA GeForce GTX660/GTX750ti/GTX950/GTX1050 with 2 GB VRAM or more 
    • AMD Radeon HD6970/HD7870/R9 270/R9 370/RX460 with 2 GB VRAM or more.
  • RAM: 4GB

Meanwhile if you’d like it to look like a game from 2017, at 1080p60, here’s what they say you’ll need:

  • OS: Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit versions only)
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K / AMD FX-6350 or equivalent
  • GPU: 
    • NVIDIA GeForce GTX680/GTX760/GTX970/GTX1060 with 2 GB VRAM or more 
    • AMD Radeon R9 280X/R9 380/RX470 with 2 GB VRAM or more
  • RAM: 8GB

Fairly lenient, as these things go, and we’ve found the beta ran rather well on a decent range of machines. Obviously, we’ll have our usual full tech analysis of graphics settings, resolution options and more once we’ve got a final build.

I own a potato and thus can run this game. What’s the For Honor gameplay like?

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Congratulations on your viable vegetable. It’s an odd game. The video above is from our first couple of hours with the beta, and you can read more about what we think about For Honor on PC right there. For some quicker impressions - it’s closer to a fighting game than your average third-person action game, but certainly a unique blend. We’d definitely recommend researching it if you get the chance, as for the right crowd it will be everything they’ve been waiting for, multiplayer-wise.

With regards to single-player, we’re a little more in the dark. A round of previews back at E3 2016 - including our own For Honor making of interview - suggested it wasn’t as good as the utterly ludicrous plot deserved. However, multiplayer has been the focus of everything from the beta to almost all the trailers, so how things may have changed since then we do not know.

What’s this about a For Honor beta? I love testing videogames!

You love playing videogames for free. Everything you could want to know about the For Honor beta is covered in our dedicated post. It's over now, though, so you'll have to buy the game if you want to play.

Are there different kinds of warriors? What are the For Honor classes?

For Honor, akin to Rainbow Six Siege, has characters so individually unique that they're practically classes within themselves. They are split into broad categories though, like the all-rounder Vanguards and the fast-but-squishy Assassins. We've had a go with several of them, and you can read our impressions thus far in our For Honor class guide

It’s 2017: what do I get with my For Honor pre-order?

For Honor editions

Not only is it 2017 but it’s a Ubisoft game, so there’s a whole batch of bonuses and collector’s editions. Here’s the options:

  • Regular Edition - the game, plus pre-order DLC the Legacy Battle Pack, which just includes some costumes for the three most basic classes.
  • Deluxe Edition - the above, plus some “exclusive day one content” in the form of the Deluxe pack. This gives champion status - we’re assuming a way to speed up progression - for 7 days, as well as a batch of cosmetics.
  • Gold Edition - all of the above, plus the season pass. This appears to work similarly to the Rainbow Six: Siege system, meaning you don’t need it to access everything but you’ll get a week’s headstart if you do.
  • Collector’s Edition - all the above, plus some real life tat and a nice box, the soundtrack, etc.

Ubi’s official pre-order page is where you can grab it, if you’re feeling so inclined.

It’s still 2017: what’s in the obligatory For Honor DLC?

For Honor gold edition

The Season Pass is the only confirmed bit of DLC, distributing six new warriors through the year. It also gets you the “Day 1 War Pack” that includes some loot crate-style scavenger boxes and thirty days of the champion status that we’re assuming speeds up progression. If everything goes to plan, we’d expect a second year of content to follow in 2018.

Alright, most importantly, what’s the For Honor story?

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Your guess is as good as ours. A box of frogs was recently confirmed to make more sense than what we know so far, which is in the trailer above. It should be quite the ride.

That’s it on For Honor - we’re not far out from launch now, how do you think it looks?

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BraveToaster Avatar
5 Months ago

I like how the dude is doing a canned animation for stabbing a sword into the guy, but he's holding a blunt club.

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5 Months ago

If you think about his the guy isn't trying to stab him. The guy is going to smash his skull