The Closed Beta phase for Ubisoft’s For Honor kicks off tomorrow and I’m sure you’re just as excited as we are to jump into the fray; if you managed to bag an invitation that is. If not, we might be able to help by directing you to a place where you can apparently get one for free, but more on that later. For now, our first order of business is helping you set things up if you already have an invitation so you can start downloading the Beta today. As mentioned, For Honor’s testing phase starts tomorrow but it is possible to pre-load the Beta beforehand, which you should definitely do because download speeds might be slower tomorrow due to the servers being super busy and all.
When and Where
For Honor enters its Closed Beta phase on January 26 starting at 3 PM CET and will last until January 30 at 2 AM CET. The Beta will be available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, with gamers wishing to play on the later requiring the Uplay client to be installed on their machine. There are no codes per se for the PC, but rather, the invitations are being sent via email and can be activated by following the received instructions. Put simply, just look for the For Honor Closed Beta icon under “my games” in your Uplay client and start downloading right now.
Console gamers will also receive their invitations via email but they will need to redeem the attached keys in order to enter the Beta. The PS4 version is a 12-digit key that can be redeemed from the PS Store under the “Redeem codes” option found at the bottom of the menu. Meanwhile, Xbox One gamers will receive a 25-digit key that can be redeemed by going to the Xbox Store – Browse games – Use a code. Regardless of your console, once you redeem the key For Honor should start downloading automatically so just sit back and relax.
Before you go ahead and start downloading you may want to make sure that you meet For Honor’s technical requirements. There’s nothing particularly special about them, but we figured they are worth mentioning anyway, just in case. As you might expect console gamers don’t have to worry about specs and only have to make sure that they have at least 27 GB of free space before downloading the Beta. In addition, Xbox One gamers are also required to have an active Xbox Live Gold subscription. As for the PC, you can find For Honor’s minimum system requirements down below.
- Resolution: 720p@30FPS.
- Video Preset: Low.
- VSync: Off.
- OS: Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit versions only).
- PROCESSOR: Intel Core i3-550 | AMD Phenom II X4 955 or equivalent.
- VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GeForce GTX660/GTX750ti/GTX950/GTX1050 with 2 GB VRAM or more | AMD Radeon HD6970/HD7870/R9 270/R9 370/RX460 with 2 GB VRAM or more.
- SYSTEM RAM: 4GB.
Invite Your Friends
If you have been lucky enough to receive an invitation from Ubisoft know that you can invite up to three of your friends to join you in the For Honor Closed Beta. You can do this by following the instructions received in the email or by simply visiting the Invite Friends tab while logged in to your Uplay account. Needless to say, the people you’re planning to invite must be in your friends list on Uplay so make sure to add them first if you haven’t already.
Anyone who is eligible to invite people to join the Beta should be aware that their friends can only play on the same platform as them. In other words, if you signed up for the PC Beta you can’t invite PS4 or Xbox One users to join you, and vice-versa. Once an invitation has been sent, the user will receive an email with all the necessary information needed to download For Honor. Your friends must accept the invitations within 48 hours, otherwise they will be returned and can be used to invite someone else. Aside from that, it’s also worth mentioning that you can’t invite people from China, North Korea, and Japan, which is a bit strange given that For Honor features samurai.
Get Your Hands on an Invitation
Ubisoft is sending For Honor Closed Beta invitations directly, however, word on the street is that you can also get them from someplace else. Specifically, Reddit users are reporting that you can get an invitation from the Scars website if you’re willing to jump a couple of hoops. You can also find discussions regarding this method on NeoGAF along with detailed instructions on how to get your invite. But basically, you just need a Uplay account and then you can use the site to choose your faction, customize a weapon, and get a Beta code. People are saying that this doesn’t work if you live in the US or Canada so you may want to check the links above for instructions on how to circumvent that problem if you live in those regions.
As far as I can tell the method does seem to work but I can’t say for certain since I already have access to the Beta and can’t activate another invitation. That said, I was indeed able to go through all the steps required multiple times and eventually got For Honor Closed Beta codes for the PS4. However, I originally signed up for the PC Beta on my Uplay account so I don’t know what that’s all about. Seems like it’s still worth a shot if you didn’t receive a direct invitation, though.
According to Ubisoft, the For Honor Closed Beta will only include a portion of the game and will be focused on the multiplayer. In terms of gameplay, For Honor is often said to be somewhat similar to the Dark Souls series, at least when it comes to the precise and difficult nature of its combat system. That’s probably a bit of an exaggeration if you ask me, but we’ll just have to wait and see. As for its theme, For Honor definitely seems much more reminiscent of older medieval titles like Mount & Blade, Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, and War of the Roses, though the fact that it incorporates factions like vikings, and samurai along with knights easily allows it to stand out from the crowd.
While all those games were pretty fun in multiplayer, it goes without saying that For Honor looks a lot better than any of them. Graphics aside, the skill-based combat system also seems more fleshed-out and responsive, which should lead to some pretty frantic battles across its various maps and game modes. All in all, For Honor sounds like it might end up being one of the best multiplayer-focused medieval games we’ve had in years so let’s hope that it lives up to all the hype. After all, I think we can all agree that the company can’t afford another screw up after the underwhelming sales of Watch Dogs 2 and The Division.
The full version of For Honor is scheduled to launch on February 14 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
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