Ubisoft confirmed on Wednesday that all additional For Honor game modes and maps added to the game post-launch will be available for free for all owners of the game. Ubisoft also announced that the game's closed beta will launch this January.
Game director Damien Kieken said in a presentation on Wednesday documented by Eurogamer that the decision to make all map and game mode DLC free was done in order to avoid a "split" in the community.
Everything that's matchmade [including] new modes and new maps, will be given for free to the players. We'll also have other free content. We are a big team supporting the game after launch.
This statement is in line with what VP of live operations Anne Blondel-Jouin told GamesIndustry.biz last month. Blondel-Jouin said that Ubisoft will take a much different approach to multiplayer DLC in the future following the success of Rainbow Six: Siege.
The publisher now believes that the best plan of action when it comes to their multiplayer games is to support them long-term without paid DLC that would force players to pay more money just to feel like they're are receiving the full experience. While Ubisoft isn't ruling out paid DLC and microtransactions entirely, Blondel-Jouin said that "monetisation is something we have to be very careful about," according to GamesIndustry.biz
Following this point, For Honor will include microtransactions. Players will have the opportunity to purchase more Steel, the game's in-game currency, using real money.
Here's what Kieken had to say about these microtransactions:
It's just a shortcut. Everything is unlockable just by playing the game. And all shortcuts are tied to progression, so you can't unlock an end-game item right away.
If this is to be believed, then these microtransactions are simply a way for you to purchase store items sooner.
Ubisoft also announced on Wednesday through a press release that the closed beta for For Honor will begin sometime during January 2017. An exact date for the start of the closed beta was not included in the release.
You can register for the beta here.
This news comes out following the recent reveal that For Honor will be always online, even in the single-player campaign that had previously been stated to be available offline.
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