To usher in two new characters, Ubisoft hosted a $10,000 tournament for For Honor, the game about weapon-based combat based on historic martial arts styles. Ubisoft has been doing a ton of legwork to ensure For Honor’s survival, but has yet to address certain bugs and exploits that have persisted since release. Unfortunately, these issues were exposed in a big way when the tournament winner had no qualms against abusing these issues and taking home the gold, with what many are now calling an “embarrassment” for the For Honor community.
A Reddit post breaking the issues down shows clips from the tournament’s Twitch stream, showing techniques such as “unlocking,” which exploits the game’s lock-on system to create a “phantom swing” ultimately giving the abuser a free, invisible attack. Another example shows a glitch based on terrain, in which a player falls down during a move because of a slight incline and loses. Balance issues are also exposed, particularly with the Raider character as he is capable of stun-locking opponents quite easily.
Even as he hands the winner a trophy for his win, For Honor’s Game Director, Roman Campos-Oriola, tells him he will soon have to change his playstyle, implying those tactics are known and potentially being addressed. He does so with a smile on his face, commendable considering how people are now talking about what happened.