For Honor Closed Beta Kicks Off In January; Final Game Will Require Persistent Online Connection

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As the video game industry begins to wind down in anticipation of the holidays, all eyes are beginning to turn towards 2017 and the many, many blockbusters cramming up the pipeline. One such title is For Honor, Ubisoft’s hack-and-slash actioner that’s set to touch down on February 14, 2017.

Before that, though, budding players will get a chance to partake in the game’s closed beta. It’s set to go live at some point in January, according to Ubisoft. Confirmation comes alongside a new, story-centric For Honor trailer, showcasing the warring factions set to feature in Ubi’s bold new IP.

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For those of you who do participate in next month’s tech test, you’ll be able to unlock specific in-game items that carry over to the full February release. Meanwhile, the official description for said beta teases an opportunity to “step onto the war-torn lands of Ashfeld, Valkenheim and Myre with brand new multiplayer experiences that showcase the age old war between Vikings, Samurai, and Knights.”

Putting rumors to bed, Ubisoft has also confirmed that For Honor will require a persistent online connection across PS4, Xbox One and PC – and that’s despite touting a beefy single-player experience.

“We can confirm that For Honor is an always online experience. Some elements of progression, which is hosted online, are shared across story and multiplayer modes. Players will need to be connected to the Internet at all times to play For Honor.”

For Honor will wage war across PS4, Xbox One and PC on February 14, 2017, at which point players will choose from 12 heroes split across those all-important three factions: Vikings, Samurai, and Knights. If it’s more coverage you’re after, look no further than our hands-on preview of the alpha build.

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