Ubisoft brawler For Honor getting cross-play
Five years after its release, Ubisoft’s utterly unique fighting game, For Honor, is getting cross-play between Xbox, PlayStation, and PC platforms.
According to the blog post announcing the new feature, cross-play will come to For Honor in two phases. Phase 1 will launch on March 17th with the start of Year 6 and let players across all platforms matchmake in PvP and PvE. Later, Phase 2 will let players form parties across platforms. Phase 2 will launch “at a later date as it is currently under development.”
After cross-play launches, players will have to recalibrate their skill ratings based on the larger player pool, so Ubisoft warns that you “may connect you with players of varying skill for the first few games after its deployment.” Players can decide to opt out of cross-play from the settings menu. However, it will be on by default.
But why now, five years on? “Cross-play has been an ambition of our team for a very long time,” Ubisoft stated. “There have been many technical challenges to bring cross-play to For Honor because the core technical game components were not originally designed to support it. Thanks to the hard work of the team, we are now proud to bring cross-play to our Warriors. We believe cross-play will benefit For Honor and its long-term vision.”
One of the main benefits to players will be the expanded player pool. For Honor came to Xbox and PC Game Pass last June. Now players on Steam, Uplay, and PlayStation can benefit from the increased player count that the inclusion on the subscription service most likely provided.
For Honor is available on Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, and Stadia.