‘For Honor’ Beta Arrives Jan. 26: Pledge Your Sword Now!

Ubisoft’s strategic medieval action game For Honor will hold a closed Beta event on January 26th. According to Ubisoft’s site for the game, the event, dubbed “War of the Factions,” will award players with rewards as they fight to put their faction on top. For Honor‘s Beta presents a call to action, asking players to pledge their sword to either “…the Knights of the Iron Legion, the Warborn Viking clans, or the Samurai of the Dawn Empire in-game. Then, prove yourself worthy on the greatest battleground the world has ever seen by fighting for your faction.”

We at Nerd Much find it quite clever that Ubisoft is framing their closed Beta in this way. Both the fact that “War of the Factions is a global, persistent, and cross-platform event that brings to life the ongoing war between For Honor’s three factions” and “everyone who plays in the Beta will be rewarded with exclusive in-game loot” should make for an interesting, lively Beta experience. It is particularly interesting that the event will be cross-platform, which sounds pretty exciting but could backfire in a way. Regardless, we can’t wait to pledge our swords to the battle! I have already personally signed up to fight for the Samurai of the Dawn Empire. So if you come across LeroyMcCheeks in the battlefield, you best not cross me.

It is important to note that you can play for whichever team you want in-game and your “faction” choice will have no effect on this. So, even if you choose the Samurai you can still play matches as the Vikings. Pledging to a certain faction only means that is your team for the leaderboards and the meta-game, and it will not change actual gameplay at all. The way the meta-game works is like this: there is a world map containing three territories controlled by the different factions. Every match earns you “War Assets,” whether it is against AI or multiplayer opponents. All “War Assets” are then to be spent on resources that contribute to your faction’s success in the world map meta-game. Even if players don’t allocate the assets themselves, the game will do it for them. Then, when the Beta ends, the faction that controls the most territories will win.

For Honor is expected to launch February 14th, just in time to take your loved one to a fancy dinner then end the night hack-and-slashing your way to glory. Visit here to sign up for the “War of the Factions” now!


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