Dedicated Servers Included in For Honor’s Roadmap; Director Explains How It Will Benefit the Experience

For Honor set to receive dedicated servers around the game’s third or fourth season.

There is no denying dedicated servers definitely help a game’s multiplayer experience, and that’s why Ubisoft finally decided to migrate to a dedicated server system.

The latest Ubisoft blog post detailed For Honor’s roadmap, including future content, updates and more. However, one of the improvements the studio is looking to implement around the game’s third or fourth season is dedicated servers. Game Director Damien Kieken clarified why they decided to do this move now and how it will improve the game’s multiplayer experience.

How will adding dedicated servers improve the online experience for For Honor players?

DK: So basically, since we launched the game, we’ve faced new online challenges. We saw that we had connectivity and stability problems, mostly on 4v4 modes, so it’s one of the things we’ve looked at and worked on a lot since the game launched. And during that process, we decided to do an analysis of the whole online infrastructure we have and compare it to other existing ones. And in the end, based on all the data we gathered … we decided to do the move and to migrate to a dedicated server technology, for many, many different reasons.

One of them, and the main reason for us, is that we want to improve the stability of the matches on 4v4, and we want to have an architecture that is more long-term, that could help us more in the future for the things we want to do next. And then you have some very simple examples; with dedicated servers, you don’t have session host migration anymore, so there is no game pausing when somebody leaves the session. You won’t have to manage your NATs. You don’t have to check your NAT if you want to play with a friend or things like that. So it will also help greatly the overall experience of the player, from matchmaking to the game session itself, to playing with friends, and things like that.

For Honor is currently available on PS4, Xbox One and PC.