For Honor seemed like it had a long going for it in the months before its release. However, most of that changed once it was actually released. The hype for the PvP action game seemed like too much to live up to. This looks like it is set to change, though. Not long after the announcement of an eSports tournament, the game will get dedicated servers, and more.
In an upcoming patch, For Honor will get a host of new multiplayer content. Dedicated servers are just a small – but important – part of this. One of the biggest complaints about the game, especially among PC players, was the lack of these servers. Under the current setup, if someone quits, the game pauses while the host migrates. With dedicated servers, you don’t have session host migration anymore.
Speaking about the dedicated servers, Damien Kieken, For Honor’s director, said:
“We want to improve the stability of the matches on 4 vs. 5. And we want to have an architecture that is more long term, that could help us more in the future for the things we want to do next.”
The dedicated servers are set to change all that, solving many problems that kept players away from the game. Ubisoft has also said that there are more long term goals, which can only be implemented with dedicated servers in place. The update will improve stability for players in-game. Ubisoft also noted that there is a team dedicated to maintaining the servers, so players shouldn’t have to worry about the servers being low on a priority list.
Ubisoft also announced two more seasons for the games multiplayer. The first of these is scheduled to begin at some point in the next several weeks. The fact that there are more seasons coming shouldn’t be surprising. After all, the PvP campaign is built around seasons. What is surprising is what these new seasons bring. The two new seasons, scheduled for August and November. will deliver more than just dedicated server suport. A new Duel Tournament, mode, ranked 4 vs. 4 PvP matches and a brand new 4v4 PvP mode are all planned.
The news isn’t the most surprising recent news about the game. It’s currently set to have an eSports tournament. For Honor makes for an interesting eSports prospect. The game’s play is highly skill-based and reminiscent of games like Dark Souls that require advanced blocking, parrying, and dodging. Its launch in February was received well, though the game’s eSports scene has been sorely lacking. Ubisoft partnering with ESL to give the game a competitive circuit is definitely a step in the right direction, but only the first of many should the company want For Honor to have serious eSports chops.
Ubisoft has additionally promised to expand the tournament offerings to other game modes as well, namely 4v4 and 2v2 Brawl. A ranking feature will be added to the game, eventually eclipsing all of those modes and feeding ESL’s Hero Series.