Ubisoft’s latest action title, For Honor, is already building buzz thanks to its tantalizing mix of breathtaking visuals and sophisticated combat featuring three unique factions: the Vikings, the knights and the samurai. In this feature, we rundown six essential facts about this thrilling action game that are guaranteed to whet your appetite for destruction.
Three vying factions
For Honor features three warring factions, each based on a historical clan. The knights are based on the chivalrous fighters of medieval lore; the samurai are inspired from the honorable warriors of Japan; and the Vikings are modeled after the raiders of Nordic history. Each faction has a unique theme and discrete hero types that offer gamers a ton of variety.
Each faction has four hero types
For Honor features 12 unique heroes, and each has their own set of skills, weapons, armor and style of combat. On top of that, players can choose from four different hero types: vanguards, assassins, heavies and hybrids. The knights, for example, let you select from the Warden, Conqueror, Peacekeeper,and Lawbringer and each offers different attributes to exploit. The Conqueror is a heavy brute designed to stand toe-to-toe with enemies while the Peacekeeper is a stealthy assassin who does her best work on the sly. Because each hero is different from the others, players can choose a character that suits their individual preferences and playstyles.
The game is built on the Anvil engine
For Honor is one of the most visually impressive games of 2017. The game’s art, design and presentation are all top notch, and the combat is butter smooth. Powering For Honor’s epic action is Ubisoft’s versatile Anvil engine. The engine allows the kind of visual fidelity and fluid animations that the development team needed to create a truly immersive experience. This development kit debuted in 2007 with the original Assassin’s Creed, but plenty of refinements and upgrades have allowed it to stay relevant a decade later.
Ubisoft Montreal’s grasp of the toolset is also definitely evident, as For Honor looks and performs like a champ, especially if you game on GTX hardware. Own a GTX 1060 or an equivalent card like the GTX 970? Then you’ll experience For Honor with high settings at 60fps or above. If you game on a GTX 1070 or 1080 powered system, you can unlock even higher resolutions and superior performance. That’s why NVIDIA put together a GTX Bundle that lets you get a free copy of For Honor if you buy select GTX hardware.
For Honor also boasts a slew of high-end GameWorks technologies on PC including NVIDIA DSR, Surround G-SYNC, SLI and more. Check out this article for a full breakdown of the next-gen tech the game supports.
Multiple modes are offered
Ubisoft built a deep and varied multiplayer experience with For Honor. The game offers several unique and intense multiplayer modes with different objectives and strategies: Dominion (4v4), Skirmish (a 4v4 Team Deathmatch-like mode), Elimination (best of five rounds 4v4 mode), Brawl (2v2) and Duel (1v1). Each mode lets players pick and choose what kind of fights they want to partake in. All of the modes are tied into Faction War, the persistent cross-platform metagame where your battlefield triumphs will contribute to the reputation of your chosen faction, letting you vie for virtual glory against other players.
There’s a campaign mode as well
While For Honor’s multiplayer potential is undeniable, the game also gives players a chance to play a structured story mode complete with an overarching storyline that delves deeper into the history of the world. Best of all, you can also choose to fly solo or head off on an adventure with a friend via online co-op.
You can get For Honor free with NVIDIA’s new GeForce GTX bundle
We end with what might be the most intriguing fact of all: for a limited time, if you purchase a qualifying GeForce GTX 1070 or 1080 video card, or buy select systems and laptops with qualifying GTX hardware inside, you can choose a free copy of either For Honor or Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands. Gaming on GTX hardware is the best way to ensure that you’ll experience For Honor in all its glory, which makes the GTX Bundle a sweet deal.