For Honor finally debuted today, but you'd hardly know it if you were waiting for the game's first review. Since Ubisoft set the press embargo to today, most people aren't reviewing it until they get proper time in the game's singleplayer and multiplayer environments. Which especially makes sense when you consider that both of the game's modes are always online.
So on the one hand, it's a good thing that reviewers are waiting to get a full sample of the game in its actual state -- and there could be an argument that's precisely why Ubisoft set a launch-day embargo. Anything before launch day wouldn't have been the optimal experience.
But on the other hand, it could be argued that this is just a way to forestall potentially negative reviews while more players pick up the game. Bethesda got a lot of criticism for that late last year when they said they'd stop sending out early copies to reviewers, but this is just a little bit different. In this case, it sounds like reviewers had access to the game early, but weren't allowed to write about it until the day the game came out.
Ubisoft isn't a stranger to late embargoes -- they infamously put the embargo for Assassin's Creed: Unity after the game had already launched. Which is sort of like the situation we're looking at here -- it's kind of strange that the game has been out since midnight last night, and we still have yet to see honest-to-god impressions of it. Although to be fair, it's not like day one purchasers care about reviews anyway.
So far, the early impressions from reviews in-progress do have some positive things to say about it, so we'll see how those shake out. As it's always been, my worry is that the game won't have too much to offer in the way of depth, and one weekend with the beta is enough to scratch the itch.
What do you guys think of For Honor? How do you expect the reviews to go?