The rollercoaster ride that has been 2017 continues with For Honor. After exploding out of the gates to big sales, the community eventually became dissatisfied over multiple issues such as what they felt was as an overly slow in-game economy system. Things have steadily improved since then, however, and Ubisoft has done well with keeping the game updated with smaller content from outfits to emotes and more. Unfortunately, one of the recently added controversial executions has set the community ablaze after it was quickly removed and outright replaced.
In For Honor, the Valkyrie is a female-only Norse hybrid class who was given a new execution last month called No Touching. After defeating an opponent with a heavy attack, Valkyrie impales the enemy with her spear, causing them to fall forward. The animation shows the enemy placing their hands on her chest and then pantomiming groping motions. The execution ends with Valkyrie kicking the enemy in the crotch and backhanding them with her shield.
Ubisoft quickly removed the execution about an hour later and eventually replaced it outright by making the enemy now place their hands on her shield rather than her chest. The community, however, erupted over this change with some crying censorship and lamenting that Ubisoft gave in to people who complained about the original animation. Ubisoft has responded however saying the original animation wasn’t originally approved for release, and anyone who purchased the Valkyrie execution had their steel refunded. The company also confirmed that feedback and complaints were not taken into account before the execution was ultimately removed. Additional stop gaps have also been added to the development process to ensure that insensitive material is not added to For Honor going forward.
While the controversy was unfortunate, the game itself has been picking up momentum after having just launched the fourth season of content, which added the Norse Shaman and the Samurai’s Aramusha. Better yet, Ubisoft just finished an open beta test for dedicated servers, something the community has been requesting for quite awhile. There’s no timeline as to when the servers will go live, nor has there been confirmation on new DLC, but if For Honor is following in the steps of Rainbow Six Siege, fans shouldn’t be surprised to see a new year of content on the horizon.
For Honor is available now on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.