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A documentary about went behind-the-scenes as Ubisoft developed For Honor Empty A documentary about went behind-the-scenes as Ubisoft developed For Honor

Wed Apr 10, 2019 7:29 pm
Two months before the release of Ubisoft’s historical online fighting game For Honor, producer Stéphane Cardin left the project without warning. Cardin, burned out, fled to a cabin in the woods for what the new documentary Playing Hard—which chronicles the four year development of For Honor, from pitch to launch, and is available to stream on Netflix— generously called “an intensive therapy retreat.”“On a four-to-five year project, the project is your backdrop, but it becomes your life, your whole way of life,” Cardin says over footage of him staring, exhausted, into a fire. “At a certain point, you lose your bearings.”

For Honor players will already know all too well how Ubisoft’s game is played, but this documentary offers an inside look at the people behind the game and the time it took to make it. The game has had a turbulent history starting soon after it launched with a lack of dedicated servers and other issues threatening its livelihood, but Ubisoft’s since righted the ship with continued updates and new content. That’s been a process itself, though Playing Hard takes a look at the years that came before that.

"Playing Hard", a docu-movie that went behind-the-scenes as Ubisoft developed For Honor, has come to Netflix in the UK.Describing the movie as giving "unprecedented access to a highly secret world" of "the biggest entertainment industry in the world", the documentary follows the creation of the game For Honor across a four-year period. Buy Cheap For Honor Steel Credits from,we promise 100% safety and fast delivery.

The film is a stark look at the high costs of triple-A game development. For Honor’s creative director, Jason VandenBerghe gradually becomes disillusioned as the game moved beyond his original vision and out of his hands. Meanwhile, producer Stéphane Cardin burns out and leaves the team to undergo therapy just months before For Honor ships. Luc Duchaine, For Honor’s publicist, sees his health decline as he travels the world to help drum up interest in the game.

Though the action-packed battles of For Honor have a pretty particular audience, Playing Hard looks like it could be an interesting watch for anyone curious about the gaming industry. The movie promises a transparent look at AAA game development, one devoid of interference from Ubisoft as promised by the movie’s website. As detailed here, attaining such final cut freedom was also a process in and of itself.

Ubisoft's third year of content for multiplayer melee fighter For Honor is now underway on Xbox One, PS4, and PC, bringing with it a new hero, a new map, and more. According to Ubisoft's recent deep dive video, the Year of the Harbinger (as this third year is known) will be "doing things a little differently", featuring a somewhat darker tone than usual. Year 3 will, once again, consist of four "seasons" spread throughout 2019, with the first and current season, Vortiger, set to run until the end of April.
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