Play 'For Honor' Early in Closed Beta Later This Month

'For Honor' closed beta announcement trailer Ubisoft

Try out the brawler's epic multiplayer meta-game two weeks ahead of release

Try out the brawler's epic multiplayer meta-game two weeks ahead of release

Ubisoft announced today that it will be running a multiplayer beta test for its ambitious new brawler For Honor from January 26-29. Unlike many early tests like this, there won’t be any platform exclusivity – the test will be available on Windows PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One during those days. If you're interested in signing up, you can do so here by logging in with your Ubisoft account (you'll have to create one if you don't have one) and choosing which platform you want to play on.

The beta will offer the chance to try out the "War of the Factions" game mode where players choose to play as a Knight, Samurai or Viking and then head into battle as a representative of that faction. It's a framework that – in the final release – ties all of the game's competitive activity into a cross-platform, persistent meta-game. In the final game this will take the form of "seasons" that each last 10 weeks, but for the purposes of the beta will be compressed into a single weekend. During this time, the game will track the performance of every player across all three platforms (all the servers talk to each other,) and members of the winning faction will receive special in-game rewards that will transfer to the full game for people who buy it.

For Honor will be released on February 14 and will include the War of the Factions multiplayer mode as well as a single player campaign that, according to game director Roman Campos-Oriolas, will help you "understand why the fuck a samurai is fighting a viking."