For Honor Boycott Garners Major Changes in Economy and More by Ubisoft
Ubisoft’s latest third-person brawler For Honor has been garnering a lot of static from the fan base lately. Players have been attempting to get the developer to acknowledge the imbalances and heavy lean towards microtransactions. With their voices falling on deaf ears, the players scheduled a complete For Honor boycott for this April.
New changes instituted by Ubisoft may be an attempt to stay the For Honor boycott, but only time will tell if it works. The first of these changes rolling out is an increase across the board for all Steel income. Matches will see a 25% increase, Daily Orders will enjoy a 33% increase, and Slide Orders will offer an additional 50% in order to level out the slow increase of in-game currency.
Ubisoft detailed this and more in a recent blog post made to update players on how the developer plans to handle fans’ concerns. In addition to the increases in Steel, all community orders will increase the generation of Steel from 500-1000 to 2000. It is estimated that players could see an income increase of 45% in the first two hours. This would even the playing field a bit and possibly ease player concerns that Ubisoft is encouraging microtransactions.
To further address concerns and avoid the For Honor boycott, Ubisoft has released the new Elite Outfits. The company stated that the delay was to ensure more players would have an opportunity to unlock the new content before anything else was brought to the game. According to producer Stephane Cardin, coupled with this will be a slow return of maps that were removed after a considerable amount of testing has found the desyncing issues.
Beyond all of this, and likely in response to the For Honor boycott, there will be an update that is aimed at fixing the highly imbalanced gear stats. With an already powerful “rage” mechanic, the stats create one-sided matches that players have grown weary of. Patch notes are set to release next week with balance and fair matchmaking on the list for this update.
By way of apology, Ubisoft is also granting all players Champion Status for three days due to an outage this past Tuesday. Meanwhile, the company is looking into any Faction War rewards that may have been affected by the lost time. While this seems like a step in the right direction, it will be up to the fans to decide if this is enough to stay the For Honor boycott and bring players back to the fray.
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