For Honor – Season 2 goes live, Shinobi and Centurion executions revealed

For Honor Season 2 is now live! Shadow & Might brings a whole bunch of new content to the game: two additional warriors, two extra maps, new customisation items and gameplay updates. Following the successful Rainbow Six Siege model, the maps and gameplay updates are free for all players – while the new warriors are accessible right now for Season Pass holders, and will be available for everyone else on May 23rd, each weighing in at 15,000 Steel.

Meanwhile, numerous improvements have been made under the hood (or bonnet, since this is the UK blog) addressing balancing, gear, matchmaking and network stability – and there are plenty more tweaks planned over the coming weeks and months.

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Let’s run through the new content in a bit more detail with some fancy videos:

New Warrior – Shinobi: These Saumurai Assassins are hyper-agile, equipped with backflip, front roll, dodge cancel and super sprint abilities.  While their limited health and difficulty performing defensive counters may leave them vulnerable, their mobility and long-range attacks (the longest of any hero so far) more than make-up for their lack of defence. The range comes from their kusarigama; a traditional Japanese weapon consisting of a sickle on the end of a chain. Players can cast and retract the kusarigama, grabbing opponents at a distance like some kind of gruesome, spikey-shouldered fisherman. For the strong-stomached, here’s a video showing the kinds of execution the Shinobi can pull off.

New Warrior – Centurion: These Knight hybrids excel in close-quarters melee, and specialise in bypassing their opponents defences and draining their stamina. Their limited attack range means players need to get up close and personal to knock their opponents off balance. Once enemies are staggered, the Centurion can punish them with a charged heavy and high damage jump attack. Equipped with the reliable standard-issue gladius (fun fact: meat-hating Mancunian musician Morrissey’s flower-of-choice, the Gladioli, is named after the Gladius due to its sword-shaped leaves) the Centurion is ideal for getting in close and executing short-range combos. Again, for the strong-stomached, here’s a video of some of the Centurion’s executions.

New Map – Forge: Forge represents the might of Ashfeld and the brute force of the Knights war machine, and is available in all multiplayer modes.

New Map – Temple Garden: The Temple Garden embodied the beauty and harmony of the Myre before it was turned into a Samurai battlefield. The map is available in all multiplayer modes.

Gear Overhaul: Shadow & Might revamps the gear system, addressing stats that aren’t useful or are made moot by other stats, while ensuring that no one category is too powerful – eliminating OP builds.  The presentation of gear stats has also changed, with players comparing gear now able to see the specific percentage changes in individual categories.

Epic Level Gear: Along with the gear system makeover, an entirely new gear level has been added.  Epic level increases the maximum gear score from 108 to 144.

Expanded Faction War: Season One of the Faction War went right down to the wire between the Vikings and Samurai. For Season Two, nine new territories have been added to the Faction War map. With honour, pride and exclusive in-game rewards at stake, Season Two’s twelve-week Faction War should be even more intense.

For Honor and the For Honor Season Pass are available now on PS4, Xbox One and PC. For the latest news on For Honor, stay tuned to UbiBlog and check out our previous coverage.

For Honor

For Honor

Release date — February 14th 2017
Developer — Ubisoft Montreal
PEGI 18+
Enter the chaos of a raging war as a bold knight, brutal viking, or mysterious samurai, three of the greatest warrior legacies. For Honor is a fast-paced, competitive experience mixing skill, strategy, and team play with visceral melee combat. The Art of Battle, For Honor’s innovative control system, puts you in total control of your heroes, each with distinct skills and weapons, as you fight for land, glory, and honor. As a skilled warrior on an intense, believable battleground, you annihilate all soldiers, archers, and opposing heroes who stand in your way.
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