Fans Plan For Honor Boycott

On April 3, a hardcore contingent of For Honor players plan to stop logging into the game for at least 24 hours in order to protest the hack-n'-slash combat title's growing list of problems.

The boycott was first proposed on Reddit, where the initial post quickly received over 11,000 upvotes. Among the issues that fans want resolved is better communication from Ubisoft about the game's future (specifically, that For Honor has one) and what Ubisoft has planned to keep the game's momentum going, a revamped economy for For Honor's cosmetic items, and improved matchmaking for multiplayer matches.

For Honor's in-game currency, Steel, which can be both earned via playing and also purchased for real-life cash, seems to be a particularly big issue. At the moment, players claim that items cost too much and that For Honor is too stingy when it comes to handing out Steel, strongly encouraging players to spend money. One fan calculated that buying every item offered in For Honor would take two and a half years for players using currency earned in-game, or would require $732 worth of microtransactions.

In response to the proposed boycott, Ubisoft released a patch that gives players more Steel for their efforts. Ubisoft's says that the changes "can raise your daily income by as much as 45% in the first two hours," and promises that more updates are coming soon. Ubisoft also opened up a new "This Week in For Honor" section on its webpage, which will make it easier for Ubisoft to communicate with fans regarding its plans for the game.

Reddit user Jbaayoun, who came up with the blackout in the first place, is pleased with the update and realizes that some of the fans' demands will take more than a quick patch to fix. However, some players aren't satisfied, and still plan to boycott For Honor.

Jbaayoun says that the boycott comes from a place of love, and praises For Honor's combat, maps, and general concept—boycotting players, he claims, just want the game to be as good as it can be. That puts For Honor in a much better place than some other games, which arrive so broken that players give up almost immediately, forcing developers to either make radical changes or abandon the games entirely.