The closer we get to the launch of the next-gen consoles, the clearer it is that companies haven't settled on a one-size-fits-all approach to upgrading titles. Different games have different technical needs, of course, but everything from the price (or lack thereof) to the feature set and compatibility can vary from upgrade to upgrade. Today, Ubisoft has revealed how For Honor's next-gen upgrades will work, and the approach is easy enough to understand.
At the launch of the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S on Nov. 10, followed by the PlayStation 5 debut on Nov. 12, For Honor will work exactly as it does on the Xbox One X or PS4 Pro, with one exception. This means it's carrying over the improved water reflections, level of detail, shadows, and texture filtering from the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro versions of the game. Currently, For Honor does not support cross-platform play, and the post from Ubisoft today makes no mention of it, but the new Xboxes and PS5 all support multiplayer with previous-gen consoles.
The exception mentioned above is on resolution for the new Xboxes. Since the Xbox Series S targets lower resolutions, it'll boast these features at 1080p while the PS5 and Xbox Series X will run For Honor at 4K.
Then, in December, Ubisoft will launch an update with the fourth season of For Honor's Year 4 content that brings the next-gen console versions up to 60 frames per second. This is all coming to current-gen For Honor players free-of-charge, and all player progress and purchases will transition over within console families.
All in all, this is a pretty straightforward and user-friendly approach to a next-gen upgrade. Rainbow Six Siege, another Ubisoft live service title, is also guaranteed to get a similar free upgrade, although specifics on its graphical enhancements are limited so far to a promise of 120 FPS support. Ubisoft is also planning to embrace free next-gen upgrades across its upcoming slate of story-focused titles, including Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Watch Dogs: Legion, and Far Cry 6.
Ubisoft's cross-gen approach may earn it some good will from players while it continues to deal with the fallout from numerous allegations of abuse and misconduct at the company. Ubisoft Montreal, makers of For Honor, saw Valhalla director Ashraf Ismail terminated as part of the ongoing investigations into employee abuses.
Meanwhile, other companies are getting pushback from players who are unhappy with certain cross-gen scenarios. Titles like NBA 2K21 and Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War jumping up to $69.99 have some people questioning the decision to raise price, 505 Games choosing to re-release Control without any console upgrade options was met with a harsh backlash, and Sony itself has created a confusing situation between Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales having a free upgrade and transferable saves while the associated 2018 Spider-Man remaster has nothing of the sort.
In short, it looks like For Honor belongs on the list of next-gen upgrades that aren't headscratchers. All that ahistorical action will probably look quite nice at 60 FPS come December.