Ubisoft's third year of content for multiplayer melee fighter For Honor is now underway on Xbox One, PS4, and PC, bringing with it a new hero, a new map, and more.
According to Ubisoft's recent deep dive video, the Year of the Harbinger (as this third year is known) will be "doing things a little differently", featuring a somewhat darker tone than usual. Year 3 will, once again, consist of four "seasons" spread throughout 2019, with the first and current season, Vortiger, set to run until the end of April. Season 2 stretches from May to July, Season 3 runs from August to October, and the final season begins in December. A special Hallowe'en event is planned for October.
Those logging into For Honor today, however, can enjoy the first round of promised additions to the game, including hero reworks for the Shoguki, Warlord, and Peacekeeper, a new map - known as Harbor, and featuring a port town on the shores of Lake Eitrivatnen - plus the Black Prior, a new "heavy" hero, armed with a giant kite shield and longsword.
"Once knights of the order of the Holy Balaur, the Black Priors were born when their leader, Vortiger, was swayed by Apollyon's promises of power," explains Ubisoft. "With her defeat, the order dispersed and disappeared. Now, the Black Priors have returned and fight for Vortiger, seeking to make amends for their past and pledge fealty to the Knights."
The Black Prior is available now to Year 3 Season Pass holders, and can be purchased by everyone else, for 15,000 Steel, from February 7th.
Looking ahead to the rest of Year 3, a new Samurai hero is scheduled to arrive as part of Season 2, a new Viking hero enters the fray in Season 3, and the final season introduces a new Wu Lin hero. Additional maps, gear, effects, and customisation options are also planned throughout 2019, and Ubisoft has promised improvements to the likes of reaction times and the revenge system, balancing of offensive play, and enhancements to targeting.