The closed beta isn’t even cold yet, but the For Honor open beta has been confirmed by Ubisoft.
Earlier today, a post on Neogaf suggested that a For Honor open beta was timetabled for just over a week’s time from now. The source was a mail-shot to Twitch Prime users, which Ubisoft have since confirmed as genuine. Much like the Prey release date leak, it’s probably better for publishers to try and get ahead of the leak, even if they weren’t planning on dropping the details just yet.
The freshly-announced For Honor open beta will be coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox one from February 9 to February 12, 2017 inclusive. That’s a mere two days before the game launches globally, on February 14, 2017. Happy Valentine’s Day, I guess.
The idea of an open beta so close to launch will be for Ubisoft to gauge just how well they’ve catered for server demand, working under the assumption that lots of people will treat the For Honor open beta as a free demo. This might skew the numbers slightly on the high side, but we’d all rather they over-provisioned than under-provisioned on the server front.
With a two day gap there’s certainly precious little time for developer Ubisoft Montreal to make a great deal of material change to the game prior to release, other than minor tweaks or critical bug fixes.
Ubisoft have also announced that a number of celebrities will be kicking off the festivities for the For Honor open beta on February 7, 2o17, starting at 2pm PST (10pm GMT) on the official For Honor Twitch channel. Celebrity proponents include Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo from Game of Thrones), Lauren Cohan (Maggie Rhee from The Walking Dead), and Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy, also from Game of Thrones).