For Honor may be a fun, original take on fighting games and online multiplayer, but when it comes to microtransactions, it seems the game is business as usual for Ubisoft. The French publisher is rather infamous for requiring players to invest an unreasonable amount of money and/or time to unlock all the content in its games, and it appears For Honor will be no exception.
Following the release of some surprisingly expensive For Honor emotes, Redditor Bystander007 decided to crunch the numbers and find out what you’d need to spend to unlock all the game’s cosmetic extras. In For Honor special emotes, executions, effects, outfits, and ornaments can be bought with a currency called steel, which players can earn in-game, or buy with real-world cash. Unlocking all the extras for a hero costs a bit over 90,000 steel and there are 12 heroes in total, so to get all the stuff for all the characters you’d need to spend 1,098,000 steel. If you tried to buy that much steel with real money it would cost an eye-watering $732.
Okay, so For Honor microtransactions are exclusively for the wealthy or foolish, but if you’re dedicated you can still earn all the stuff in-game, right? Don’t count on it. Ubisoft is stingy as hell with the For Honor virtual bucks, handing out an average of just 1200 steel for a typical one-to-two-hour play session. If, like most people, that’s about the maximum you get to play on any given day, it would take you 915 days, or about 2.51 years, to earn all For Honor’s cosmetics the “honest” way.
Many will argue that the cosmetic extras don’t really matter and that you’re not supposed to unlock them all anyways. That you should just focus on kitting out a single hero. Obviously, that’s how most people will play, but when you play full price for a game, it’s not unreasonable to expect to be able to unlock all the game’s content. It can be hard, it can be for dedicated players only, but For Honor verges on the impossible. Will For Honor’s servers and store still be open in two-and-a-half years? Probably not. Can most people justify spending the amount it would cost to buy a new 4K TV on microtransactions? Definitely not.
Of course, For Honor is offering all its DLC characters and maps for free, so this cloud isn’t without its silver lining. That said, you can’t help but think Ubisoft could find a better middle ground between offering major DLC for free on one side, and charging a mortgage payment for cosmetics on the other.
You can read our full For Honor review, right here.