For Honor was one of the most hyped games on the planet for a number of months. Up until a few weeks after its release, almost everybody wanted a go of the game. After that, however, the hype fizzled out. Now, though, the hype might be coming back.
For Honor makes for an interesting eSports prospect. The game’s play is highly skill-based and reminiscent of games like Dark Souls that require advanced blocking, parrying, and dodging. Its launch in February was received well, though the game’s eSports scene has been sorely lacking. Ubisoft partnering with ESL to give the game a competitive circuit is definitely a step in the right direction, but only the first of many should the company want For Honor to have serious eSports chops.
Ubisoft has announced a new partnership with ESL, with the goal of starting a For Honor tournament.
Speaking about the announcement, ESL’s VP of Publisher and Developer Relations, Sean Charles, said it was something they were looking forward to for a while. During the announcement, Mr. Charles said the ESL was committed to the eSports landscape. With that in mind, he said that launching a For Honor tournament would be a nice addition. The new tournament will consist of 1v1 duels in an open setting, leading to a $10,000 live finals event at ESL’s Burbank, California studio.
However, 1v1 duels are only the beginning.
Ubisoft has additionally promised to expand the tournament offerings to other game modes as well, namely 4v4 and 2v2 Brawl. A ranking feature will be added to the game, eventually eclipsing all of those modes and feeding ESL’s Hero Series. When it was first announced, the game seemed like a perfect fit for the eSports world. It’s a wonder why it took so long for a tournament based on the game to be announced. Many would have expected the announcement mere weeks after the release.
The game was built around the premise of fighting against another player, so the fact that an eSports tournament is being created around the game shouldn’t be surprising. What is surprising, however, was that the tournament wasn’t announced several months ago. At least that way, the game’s hype mightn’t have fizzled out so fast, to begin with.
When it was first released, For Honor was supposed to be the next big multiplayer hit from Ubisoft since Rainbow Six Siege. The game was supposed to destroy what was left of The Division and pave the way for Ghost Recon Wildlands. This high energy fighter was supposed to show it had learned from past mistakes and was ready to show the gaming community what was ahead in 2017. I’m afraid that it fell quite short of achieving this goal.
Once the game was released, it fell short on pretty much everything other than the actual fights. At the time, it seemed that the only major thing Ubisoft put any effort into was the actual fighting, everything else is damned. Let’s just hope that the game now actually gets into its comfort zone.