Ubisoft’s melee-focussed multiplayer battler For Honor is having a free-play weekend, running from today, Thursday May 3rd, until on Monday, May 7th, on Xbox One and PS4. PC players can also take part, but things wrap up a little sooner on Sunday, May 6th.
Proceedings are already underway on all platforms, and, if you fancy getting stuck in, you’ve a number of options. As Ubisoft explains in its announcement post, you can access For Honor’s free version on PC through Steam or via this sign-up page, on PS4 by selecting the ‘Try Free Demo’ option on the PSN Store, and on Xbox One through Games with Gold.
Once you’ve downloaded the free version, you’ll have access to the full game until the event draws to a close at 9pm, May 6th, in the UK on PC, and 8am, May 7th, on Xbox One and PS4. As such, you’ll be able to partake in the Story Mode, as well as For Honor’s various PvP and player-versus-AI modes – that is, 1v1 Duel, 2v2 Brawl, 4v4 Dominion, Elimination, and Skirmish. Additionally, all 18 Heroes will be playable across all 18 maps.
As part of the Free Weekend, Ubisoft is running what it’s calling the Warrior Training Programme, which runs until 9pm on May 6th in the UK. Participants that complete five team-based matches with a Free Weekend player before the event ends will receive a two-week Champion Status. This essentially boosts the amount of XP and Steel you earn for its duration.
Ubisoft notes that progress made during For Honor’s Free Weekend can be carried over to the full game, should you wish to buy it. And there’s added incentive to do so in the form of a discount, with up to 75% off until Wednesday, May 9th.
Ubisoft has continued to expand and refine For Honor since its launch in February last year, recently adding a new training mode, major character balancing, and even dedicated servers as part of its currently ongoing fifth season.
It’s changed significantly enough to warrant a Eurogamer re-review, in which Edwin Evans-Thirlwell noted, “If you’ve been holding off, circling the fray with your shield up, there’s never been a better time to get up close and personal”. And now’s your chance.