- Ubisoft reveals the Varangian Guard, a heavily armored Viking warrior joining For Honor’s roster on February 1.
- The Varangian Guard is inspired by the historical bodyguards of Byzantine Emperors, fusing Norse and Byzantine cultures.
- The Varangian Guard could bring a more balanced and defensive playstyle to the Viking faction, as For Honor’s only fully armored warrior.
Ubisoft has just revealed the first glimpse of the Varangian Guard, the upcoming addition to For Honor’s fearsome roster of warriors. The surprise trailer features the heavily armored Hero, who will be joining the fray to fight alongside their Viking brethren in For Honor‘s next update on February 1.
While many games feature noble knights in shining armor, For Honor threw the history books out of the window when it was released in 2017. Pitching players in furious battles between Samurai, Vikings, and European knights, For Honor‘s precise and punishing multiplayer combat has earned its well-deserved reputation as one of the best medieval fighting games released in recent years. Although the game will celebrate its seventh birthday in February, it still receives regular content updates and boasts a modest but dedicated player base. The new Hero character will arrive in the second part of the game’s Year 7, Season 4 update, which has so far centered around a Viking tale of Treason and Betrayal.
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The official trailer teases the first glance of this surprise new Hero. Emerging from the frozen fog of war, the Varangian Guard lets out a bloodcurdling war cry before charging headlong into battle equipped with a large kite shield and one-handed ax. Joining the battle on the side of the Vikings, the Varangian Guard will be the 33rd playable Hero available in For Honor’s varied roster, which features both historical characters and cameos from other Ubisoft titles.
Who is the Varangian Guard?
- Based on the historical bodyguards of the Byzantine Emperors, the Varangian Guard is a heavily armored Viking warrior influenced by a fusion of Norse and Byzantine cultures.
- Ubisoft has announced that the heavily armored new Hero will be coming to the game on Feb 1.
- Those wanting to learn more about the Varangian Guard can tune in to the Warrior’s Den livestream at twitch.tv/forhonorgame, on Jan 25, 12 pm EST.
Hailing from Scandinavia and the Rus, these elite warriors historically served as the personal bodyguards of the Byzantine Emperors between the 10th and 14th centuries. Renowned for their ferocity in battle and unwavering loyalty to the Emperor, the Varangian Guards turned the tide of many battles. In the trailer, the Varangian Guard’s design is inspired by this unlikely fusion of Norse and Byzantine cultures, with the Hero’s lamellar-styled armor and plumed helmet contrasting the traditional Viking weaponry.
The Varangian Guard’s design is inspired by this unlikely fusion of Norse and Byzantine cultures
True to their real-world counterparts, For Honor’s Varangian Guards will be heavily armored killing machines, starkly different from their lightly armored Viking counterparts. Although the Hero’s abilities have not yet been revealed, the Varangian Guard’s distinction as the Viking faction’s only fully armored warrior makes it likely to be one of For Honor‘s Vanguard class fighters. Gamers can likely expect a more balanced and defensive playstyle from the Varangian Guard than their more agile and heavily armed Viking compatriots. A detailed breakdown of the formidable new fighter will be seen during Ubisoft’s Warrior’s Den livestream at twitch.tv/forhonorgame, on Jan 25, 12 pm EST. From then, fans will not have long to wait to try out the Varangian Guard for themselves on February 1.
For Honor is a play-versus-player sword (and other weapons) fighting release that sees players engaging on battlefields in a team-versus-team or one-versus-one structure. Players can pick from a variety of warrior types, each with their own unique weapons and skills. Three legendary warrior factions include the Knights, Vikings, and Samurai.
The story campaign gameplay includes storming castles in large-scale battles and fighting against deadly bosses for the survival of the people.
- February 14, 2017
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- 8 Hours