For Honor's fourth year of content, The Year of Reckoning, starts next week
And it's getting a Battle Pass.
Ubisoft's fourth year of content updates for multiplayer melee fighter For Honor - which it's calling The Year of Reckoning - is coming to Xbox One, PS4, and PC on 6th February.
As has been the case for previous years, The Year of Reckoning will consist of four seasons spread across 12 months, each with its own unique theme. Players can expect two new Heroes (one due as part of Season 2, the other in Season 4), plus new customisation options including new armour, a continued prioritisation of balancing, and regular official tournaments to help develop For Honor's competitive scene.
Things get underway on 6th February with Hope, as Year 4's first season is known. Hope, explains Ubisoft, starts "as the cataclysm that had been afflicting the world of For Honor seems to be coming to an end. Amidst the chaos and after years of unrelenting war, the Heroes of For Honor will need a new reason to fight."
Season 1 specifics are a little thin on the ground, but Ubisoft promises new lootable armour and weapons, in-game events, and more new content "themed around the new change in the For Honor world".
Notably, Season 1 will also see the introduction of a new seasonal Battle Pass system, which replaces For Honor's previous Year Pass. This works pretty much exactly as you'd expect, featuring 100 tiers - and associated rewards for all heroes - that can be steadily unlocked by completing matches, Arcade quests, and daily orders. There's a Free pass (available to everyone) and a paid Premium pass, with shared progression across both tracks.
Tier rewards in the free version will include ornaments, steel, colour swatches, champion status, and embossings, while the Premium version features unique customisation options, such as new signatures, new weapons, new executions, new effects, and more.
It's worth noting that players won't need to purchase the Battle Pass in order to access Year 4's new heroes. These will be available for purchase or to unlock using steel on release.
You'll find a broad overview of Ubisoft's plans for Year 4 in the developer video above - and there's a bit of narrative scene-setting in the accompanying For Honor story trailer.