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For Honor is Ubisoft's four-on-four medieval melee game

For Honor

For Honor is a four-on-four melee battle game in which players square off in brutal combat as a Knight, a Viking, or a Samurai, each with their own unique weapons and play styles.

One of the hardest things to get right in any game featuring melee combat is reproducing the feeling of swinging a heavy steel weapon, burying it in some poor chump's skull, and then pulling it out. Creative Director Jason VandenBerghe said during the presentation at Ubisoft's E3 press event that For Honor is built around "The Art of Battle," a new kind of control system that will let players "feel the weight of the weapon in your hand."

The For Honor YouTube page describes the game as "a fast-paced, competitive experience mixing skill, strategy, and team play," with teams battling over control points, but a four-on-four demonstration on the E3 stage seemed a lot more focused on clobbering one another than on holding together any kind of strategy. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing, and sometimes, hitting lots of guys in the head with an axe is all the strategy you need.

There was no mention of a possible release date, but for now you can find out more at the For Honor Facebook page.

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.