Ubisoft Montreal is making a brand new knights-versus-samurai-versus-Vikings melee combat game called For Honor.

It's in development for PC, PS4 and Xbox One, and is due out 2016, according to the game's website. It's playable this week at E3.

Wacky creative director Jason VandenBerghe introduced For Honor and a live 4v4 demo at Ubisoft's E3 2015 conference.

The demo showed a chunky fighter charging with his NPC army into a battle arena, and eventually squaring off against enemy heroes in a tense battle of parries and well timed killing blows. The NPCs charged as if down a lane in a MOBA.

The fighting was well animated, the scene well portrayed. But the game lacked the kind of slapstick melee combat that makes similar PC (and soon console) games War of the Vikings, War of the Roses and Chivalry so memorable.

A press release talked of capturing control points, and of hero customisation. Officially the factions are The Chosen (roughly samurai), The Warborn (roughly Viking) and The Legions (roughly knights).

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