The multiplayer for Ubisoft’s For Honor is different from the story. Players pick which faction they are a part of, whether it’s Knights, Vikings or Samurai. After completing the story, you can join other players as you fight people from the other factions for territory on an ever-changing map. Since you’re no longer fighting against Hero AI, the difficulty level rises up with better, “honorable” players, or cheap, “dishonorable” players. In a game whose focus is on characters who are literally fighting for honor in their faction, there is no real honor code in the multiplayer. While it’s unlikely that Ubisoft implements some honor system, a player took that challenge upon him or herself, making a list of rules for an “honorable” multiplayer experience.
The “honor code” in question comes from reddit user ztar92. Ztar92 made a list of rules that would be used if all players in the party agreed to it, making it an “unofficial” game mode. It’s a highly popular set of rules, often being shared within For Honor communities, which can be read below:
Since these rules are more about not tag-teaming your opponent, there isn’t anything said about environmental kills, which have also cause some disagreements. Reddit user smh_rampage says players need to adapt to players using environmental kills.
“Developers put environmental kills into the game for a reason,” Reddit user smh_rampage said. “It is your job to work around them. It is not like this is an unavoidable instakill-button. If you fight me near a ledge and let me guard break you, I will throw you down there. Period.”
In response, Drewbert324 writes that people shouldn’t be using environmental kills when the game is based a good combat system.
“The whole point of For Honor is its very good combat system, right?” Reddit user Drewbert324 said. “It was made in a way to where it’s (most of the time) your fault if you die, and it rewards you for playing well. Now with environmental kills, they’re cheap, they’re way too easy to do (because of how easy it is to guard break spam at the moment), and there’s no real downside to them.”
Reddit user EternalCanadian mentioned the historical context of the fighting.
“I asked my grandfather if he thought that was a fair way to fight. He gave me the biggest ‘are you f*cking stupid?’ look I’ve ever seen him give me and basically deadpanned ‘it’s not about being fair, it’s about killing the other guy. He played to the strength of his weapon, and fought like he was supposed to.'”
There is no real answer to how to make the multiplayer “fair” for all users. With the definition of honor and dishonor within For Honor being up for interpretation, there is no way to mandate that 1v1 battles are honorable and environmental kills are dishonorable, for instance, especially if they are both in the game.
For Honor can be played in any way, “fair” or not; you might as well just enjoy it.