Ubisoft's For Honor isn't due for release until early next year for PC, Xbox One and PS4, but they've been really ramping up their promotional efforts to make people aware of the sword-and-shield multiplayer game. This includes new trailers showing off how the class types work in the game.
There are three trailers in what Ubisoft is calling a "Hero Series". Each one details each of the archetypes that players will be able to take hold of in the game, and how they will work on the battlefield. The videos are posted up on Ubisoft's YouTube channel.
The first trailer covers the Kensei, the honorable Samurai warriors who use large blades to cut down and cut through opponents. There were some arguments on some of the previous YouTube videos about For Honor and showing the swords slicing through armor, but the video above clearly explains that the standard Kensei class is using the Nodachi, a sword oftentimes used for beheadings due to its large and heavy blade.
The second trailer focuses on one of the more popular classes that gamers have been looking forward to playing in For Honor, the Raiders.
Above we can see how the Viking Raiders rely on brute strength, large axes, and light enough armor to keep their movements free and powerful.
They highlight how the Dane Axe cuts and slices through opponents thanks to the strength of the wielder. The Raiders can also pick up opponents and slam them around, putting their foes off balance and creating great opportunities to quickly wipe out an opponent who is laid out on their back.
Personally, I think the Raiders appear to have the most fluent and organic combat style in For Honor. It's extremely smooth, and the animators did a fantastic job of blending all of their combat maneuvers into the game with top-notch precision. It reminds me a lot of the way Connor from Assassin's Creed III fought with the two-handed axe; it's a little unsurprising given that Ubisoft made both games.
The last trailer focuses on the knights, better known as the Wardens. You can get a look at them below.
The Warden, in my opinion, is the most boring class out of the three featured in the Hero Series for For Honor. The long-sword looks more like a claymore here, and the fighting and wielding of it just looked mediocre in my opinion.
However, do not fret. The three classes we see in the videos with their accompanying weapons can be modified and tweaked to your play-style. There are more weapons in For Honor than what's showcased here, and there are different pros and cons to wielding each one. The game is designed to have a deep level of customization, so players can modify the classes that seem most enjoyable to play.
For Honor is a nice little departure from the typical games we've been receiving, and I have to give props to Ubisoft for at least trying something new this generation. So far eighth-gen has been extremely sterile, safe, and homogenized as far as AAA gaming is concerned. So let's hope For Honor does well and continues to push Ubisoft to try new things.
You can look for the game to launch on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on February 14th, 2017.