For Honor is forgoing split-screen support

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Not that kind of Split

I’ll always consider split-screen support to be one of the greatest advancements in video games, a technical tour de force that made video gaming that much more popular with people. Back when I had an original Xbox encased within a gorgeous crystal shell, rally games were one of my favourite such genres to split like a Kit-Kat between myself and three friends as we’d see who was the quickest around the circuit.

And then we’d punch each other’s dicks, because that’s how you win a race. Anyway, the idea of split-screen gaming has begun to become a bit obsolete. With internet connections picking up speed and becoming far more affordable for anyone wanting to do some multiplayer gaming, there’s no real reason to really invest in such a feature.

It takes up valuable resources, taxes the hardware and kind of limits how much of a flatscreen real estate a player can enjoy. Which is why For Honor is cutting that feature out before the game releases in its final state. “We decided this week to cut the split-screen,” producer Stephane Cardin said to IGN.

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It was a feature that we loved, but when we looked at what needs to be done to support online co-op, for us it was critical to make the decision now so we can polish all the features at the Triple-A level and make sure that we have the most amazing experience.

Back in 2015, split-screen looked like it would be a truly important feature within For Honor. “Super-required, because this is a game about fighting with weapons, split-screen [is] absolutely a key feature for us […] You want sit on the couch and beat up your buddy, that’s the thing,” creative director Jason Vandenberghe said to GameSpot.

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To be fair, you can always beat up your buddy for real, especially when the bastard decides to attack your controller during a round of Mortal Kombat. I’m talking about you John. Anyway, For Honor will be out next year on Valentine’s Day. Because nothing says romance better than watching a Samurai cleave his way through Vikings. Nothing.

Last Updated: October 6, 2016

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