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For Honor will be free to play this weekend, and on sale too

Ubisoft recently announced the forthcoming rollout of the third season of For Honor, which will include a couple of new classes—the Gladiator and the "There Can Be Only One!" guy—and 1v1 duel tournaments. That's good news for fans of the game, but its player numbers have continued to slide, and are now deeply entrenched in sub-2000 territory.   

That's a problem with an elusive solution, but the free weekend announced today sure can't hurt. From 10 am PT on August 10 to 1 pm PT on August 13, players will have full access to the game, and will also be able to purchase it for half price until 10 am PT on August 15. Preloading will begin on August 8, and any progress earned during the free period will carry over to the full game if you decide to pick it up. 

The $10,000 For Honor Hero Series finals are set to take place this weekend as well, and will be broadcast on Twitch starting at 11 am PT on August 12.  

Andy Chalk

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.