Publisher and developer Ubisoft made some big announcements regarding For Honor today. Firstly, the game will receive a closed beta in January 2017, which can be signed up for here. Secondly, all the game’s future maps and modes will be free.
When signing up for the beta, players will be able to join a faction – Team Vikings, Team Knights, or Team Samurai. GameSpot reports that Ubisoft will track the progress of these teams, and declare a winner. Everyone who participates will receive an in-game badge for their respective faction when the game launches. Players allied with the winning team will receive an unannounced item.
Regarding the free maps and modes, game director Damien Kieken shared his thoughts.
"We don't want to split the community,” said Kieken. "So everything that's matchmade [including] new modes and new maps, will be given for free to the players. We'll also have other free content. We are a big team supporting the game after launch."
This isn’t the first time a AAA game has taken this approach recently. Titanfall 2 ditched the map pack model, in favour of making subsequent levels and modes free.
As Eurogamer points out, this statement doesn’t extend to new heroes or factions, which could still be offered as paid DLC. Rainbow Six Siege – also published by Ubisoft – followed a similar model.
Yesterday it was revealed that For Honor would always require an internet connection, citing progression tracking as the main reason.