Ubisoft's latest game For Honor perfectly encapsulates the industry giant's total gameplan: combining triple-A buy to play fees with online-only gameplay for instant updates and changes and microtransactions for recurring profits. Despite all this, For Honor is peer-to-peer based and has no dedicated servers.
In many ways For Honor really shows how much Ubisoft has learned with The Division: solid gameplay mechanics, more balanced microtransactions to keep things feeling more fair, and a unique competitive element that combines perfectly with mechanics to create something rather distinct. Make no mistake, however: with its recurring microtransactions, online-based gaming, premium $59.99 cost, strong MAU (monthly active user) engagement driven by new updates, For Honor is a total representation of how Ubisoft makes its money, and copies strategies used with Rainbow Six: Siege and The Division. In many ways For Honor is a vehicle for these strategies.
Like the samurai and knights in For Honor, Ubisoft has honed their blades and sharpened their skills. As a result of this magical formula of recurring player spending, full game price tag, and heavy engagement thanks to its online-only feature, Ubisoft expects For Honor to be a strong contributor to its estimated $679 - $721.9 million fourth quarter FY2017 earnings, pushing total yearly earnings to $1.57 billion USD. But The Division and Rainbow Six: Siege have something For Honor doesn't have: dedicated servers.