The For Honor community feels its issues are not being addressed by Ubisoft, so it's planning a blackout event on April 3. Proposed by Reddit user Jbaayoun, the blackout would have most of the community stop playing the game to send a message to Ubisoft.
"The goal is to receive a response from Ubisoft, something that tells us to maintain our faith in the game. Below is a list of reasonable requests and suggestions made by the community that I have noticed. I hope together we can make a difference in the game we love," wrote Jbaayoun.
The requests are issues that the community has struggled with in the game since launch, including matchmaking problems, server desync issues, and the general grind to obtain Steel, the in-game currency. They want far more communication from Ubisoft about the state of the game and upcoming plans for For Honor. Ubisoft does run a weekly For Honor livestream, but it seems the community would like the developers to be more responsive to problems on Reddit, the forums, and social media.
As if on command, Ubisoft released a huge patch for the game yesterday. The patch re-introduced the River Fort map to the game and added new Elite outfits for every hero in the game. More importantly, it increased players' Steel income drastically. Here's are the rates, per Ubisoft's patch notes:
- All matches Steel income are increased by 25%
- Daily Orders Steel income are increased by 33%
- Side Orders Steel income are increased by 50%
- Community Orders Steel rewards are increased from 500-1000 to 2000 Steel
In a blog post, Ubisoft noted the community's desire for more communication and regular updates.
"In our efforts to create a steady beat of communication updates for you, we are happy to introduce a new series of blog posts that keep you updated on the world of For Honor," said the team. "This Week in For Honor will go live on our news page every week. This series will include updates from our development team, go more in depth about our designs, address some of your concerns and explain what the team is working on at the moment."
Producer Stephane Cardin also addressed the matchmaking and server issues, promising fixes within an undisclosed window of time.
"Our top priority right now is stabilizing the game experience. Our top engineers have been working to address connectivity and matchmaking issues since launch. On top of that, we are working on balancing our Heroes, bringing back the maps we removed, and making sure our upcoming content is easily accessible," wrote Cardin. "Even if we may not address all of these issues this week, there is a series of good news below that will improve your global experience moving forward."
Despite the quick turnaround, the subreddit still plans to move forward with its boycott on April 3. Ubisoft may have already heard the message, but the community wants the publisher to know they're serious.
"After reading many comments it appears that most of the community believe that we should continue with the Blackout. This is a step in the right direction on the side of Ubisoft, however the community seems to still want things addressed. Tomorrow we will decide for sure after the live stream," said Jbaayoun in an update.