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For Honor gameplay trailer showcases large men getting medieval

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Ubisoft has turned loose a new For Honor gameplay trailer that showcases the fighting styles of the three warriors unveiled in December: The massive Shugoki, the nearly-as-massive Warlord, and the not-at-all-massive Peacekeeper. Game director Roman Campos-Oriola also talks a bit about the no-respawn Elimination Mode that we got our hands on a few weeks ago

The Shugoku is a stand-and-swing kind of guy, relying on his hit points—he has the biggest HP pool in the game—to survive, while the Viking Warlord isn't quite so durable but carries a shield that can bear the brunt of attacks, making him more of a cornerstone defender. The Peacekeeper is all about staying out of the way: She can't be hurt if she can't be hit. Of course, if she is hit, it's probably game over, especially if she eats that Shugoku tree branch. But her ability to inflict bleeding damage means she doesn't have to hang in with a fight to win it. 

One of the interesting things about Elimination Mode, which we talked about in our preview, is that downed characters who haven't undergone a radical skullectomy can be revived by their teammates. Players may thus be forced to stand guard over a fallen enemy, or to break away from a fight to help out a pal. That's bound to lead to some tough decisions in the heat of combat, although the fact that fallen foes can't be properly finished once they're on the ground is very odd. 

For Honor is set to go into closed beta later this month. Sign up for the fun at forhonorgame.com

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.