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Rumour: For Honor single-player campaign will require an always online connection

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Ubisoft’s upcoming hack-and-slash action game, For Honor, could be one of the most innovative multiplayer experiences of 2017 and has been described as “an epic rock-paper-scissor deathmatch”. The game also promises to deliver a fully-fledged single-player experience campaign.

By all accounts, the game sounds fantastic and the closed-alpha test was a massive success judging by the amazing statistics I reported on earlier this year. However, it seems like there might be some bad news for those who only care about the single-player experience.  

About the always online ordeal

Amazon.com recently updated their page for the PS4 version of the game, including new box art that clearly reads “online connection required”. That alone shouldn’t be too worrying, as the game does of course have a multiplayer component. However, if a report on NeoGAF is to be believed, a Ubisoft community representative has revealed that even the single-player component will require the player to be online.

The reported statement reads: “We can confirm that For Honor is an always online experience. Some elements of progression, which is hosted online, are shared across story and multiplayer modes. Players will need to be connected to the internet at all times to play For Honor.” - Source

Although the image supplied on NeoGAF as well as the updated box art on Amazon points towards For Honor requiring a persistent internet connection, there is at the time of writing no confirmation by Ubisoft on the matter. Therefore, I advise that you should take this news as a rumour until such time as Ubisoft officially confirms it.

Back in September this year, the game’s creative director, Jason VanBerghe, did state the following to GameSpot in aninterview:

“We built the campaign so that if you bought the game just for that, that you would be satisfied even if you never went online and played multiplayer. It's intended to be a full experience." - Source

The statement above doesn’t necessarily mean that that the game will not require an always online connection; but rather that you don’t need to enter the game’s multiplayer component experience the full campaign. However, some fans are clearly upset about the news, as evident by this NeoGAF thread, with comments ranging from a declaration that they will not purchase the game anymore to claiming that Ubisoft lied about the game.

Needing a persistent internet connection to play a single-player campaign isn’t ideal and it is indeed a valid reason for people to get upset. In South Africa, the internet isn’t always stable, so some players might run into trouble while enjoying the single-player campaign. However, For Honor isn’t out yet, so we simply don’t know how the game’s single-player campaign will behave if (or when) an internet connection drops. It might just freeze, or players might lose progress…or nothing serious might happen at all.

For Honor is set to release on 14 February 2017 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

What do you think about needing a persistent internet connection to experience a single player campaign? Let us know in the comment section below.

Sources: NeoGAF, Amazon, GameSpot | Main Image Credit: For Honor

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