Update, February 8: For Honor’s dedicated servers launch for PC on February 19.
For Honor’s dedicated servers launch in a little under two weeks, finally bringing the long-awaited change to the game. Dedicated servers will be available starting February 19.
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That’s just on PC, as the server changes will roll out some time later on consoles. Ubisoft first announced they’d be switching to dedicated servers last year, and an open beta in December served as the final test for the implementation. Ubisoft had already announced the servers would launch sometime after the start of season five on February 15, but it turns out we won’t be waiting much longer than that.
Ubisoft say “At launch, the dedicated servers will focus on PVP game modes and will fully remove the session migrations as well as the NAT requirements while eliminating most of the resyncing, resulting in a more stable experience and improved matchmaking.”
The new season, Age of Wolves, will feature major updates to rebalance five heroes, as well as more adjustments to progression and ranked play, and a new set of training options. A three week event will also begin with the new season, offering opportunities at new rewards.
Original story, January 25: For Honor celebrates its first anniversary with the start of its fifth season. Age of Wolves begins on February 15, bringing with it big hero updates, new training features, customization options, quality of life fixes, and - a bit further down the line - the long-awaited implementation of dedicated servers.
Dedicated servers will not be implemented at the start of season five, but will come during the season’s duration, with the exact timing to be announced “at a later date.” This follows an open beta for the new infrastructure which began in December. Ubisoft promise the implementation will “remove the resyncing, session migrations and NAT requirements that players currently have and deliver stable connectivity on all platforms.”
Five heroes will be getting major updates to help rebalance the roster. Kensei and Conqueror will both have new move sets and animations, while Highlander, Berserker, and Nobushi will get “meaningful balancing updates.” Ubisoft say more heroes will be getting similar updates following season five.
New training features will hit for both new players and more advanced practitioners. Newcomers can learn basics and advanced techniques through Apprentice and Warriors Trials, while The Arena will let players practice against specific heroes and moves.
There will also be some smaller changes, “including a new item that will boost XP in exchange for salvage, the shift of 4v4 Ranked Mode from Dominion to Tribute, a new reputation level cap, new gear progression and more.” Ubisoft say this is the start of a “full year’s worth of content” for the game in 2018.