Ubisoft officially announces the forthcoming availability of a closed beta for its hack-and-slash title, For Honor, with fans being able to register now.

Several months ago, Ubisoft announced that For Honor‘s closed alpha was the studio’s biggest yet, with hundreds of thousands of players participating in the four day test. Now the publisher and developer is set to give fans who missed out on For Honor‘s alpha a chance to take part in the forthcoming hack-and-slash sword-fighting game’s closed beta, which is set to begin sometime in January 2017.

Ubisoft made the announcement today in an official blog post on the game’s website, urging fans to register for a chance to play the closed beta by signing up. Furthermore, the company used the declaration of the beta to unveil a For Honor promotion called “War of the Factions,” which will let those signing up for the beta pledge their allegiance to one of the game’s three groups of either Samurai, Vikings, or Knights.

According to Ubisoft, once For Honor‘s beta goes live, it will track all of the multiplayer progress for all platforms and the different factions. Not to mention, the company revealed that everyone who goes on to participate in the closed beta will receive a reward in the form of a badge for their chosen faction, while players who fought alongside the winning faction will get an additional bonus. However, Ubisoft is keeping the extra prize a secret for the time being.

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The types of characters that players can choose from in For Honor‘s closed beta will range from 12 different warriors that belong to the three aforementioned factions. Ubisoft also used the beta announcement as an opportunity to share more details about two of the Heavy-class heroes, as well as a new Assassin fighter.

As far as For Honor‘s Heavy fighters are concerned, one is called the Shugoki from the Samurai clan, and they wield the kanabo – a huge spiked club – while the Vikings are set to receive Warlords, which carry a sword and shield. The Assassin fighter will take up arms with the Knights, and they carry a short sword in one hand and a dagger in the other, making for quick, efficient kills on the battlefield.

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In addition to the news of For Honor‘s closed beta and new heroes, Ubisoft announced a new in-game feature called Faction War, which is to be a “persistent cross-platform conflict” between the three factions. As described by the company, players will earn what are called “War Assets” based on how they performed in a particular match after pledging their sword to a certain clan. These units can be applied to helping other players conquer and defend territories during a 10-week competitive multiplayer season, which will reset after rewards are divvied out based on one’s rank of their faction.

Taking all of this into consideration, it definitely seems as if For Honor is setting out to be more than just the simple multiplayer hack-and-slash game it was initially revealed to be. As a matter of fact, many who have had hands-on previews with the game are already singing the praises of the single-player campaign. Not to mention, with Ubisoft recently declaring all DLC maps and modes to be free, fans are more likely to pick up the title knowing that post-launch support is already built-in without having to pay any extra money. Of course, one issue that might dissuade gamers from picking up For Honor could be the requirement of a constant Internet connection, but it still remains to be seen if the stipulation will be a hindrance to sales in the long run.

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

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