For Honor's new update is coming on 31 January 2019 and it brings Black Prior - a defence specialist hero with strong support abilities and three special capabilities. The update will also include a new Harbor map and fighter adjustments.
Ubisoft have released full patch notes for the upcoming For Honor Title Update 2.04 which brings some major content additions such as a new hero dubbed Black Prior and the Harbor map.
The Black Priors are easy-medium difficulty heroes and their "powerful defence is their offence". This means they are defence specialists and feature three special capabilities. The first one is called Bulwark Stance which allows them to block attacks from all directions, Bulwark Counter can negate any attack as long as it is timed correctly, while Bulwark Slash is a powerful attack that can be feinted.
Players will get to try out Black Prior on a new map called Harbor. As the name suggests, it's a port town map which will be available in Dominion, Elimination, Skirmish, Brawl and Duel modes.
The update also brings changes to Shugoki, Peacekeeper and Warlord heroes. Shugoki's unique passive uninterruptible stance has been removed and instead, many of the Shugoki’s strikes will gain the normal uninterruptible stance property.
Peacekeeper changes were introduced to improve his ability to perform enough damage in striking and get more kills and executions. His top-heavy attack opener damage has been increased from 20 to 23 but is also 100ms slower. Also, light, heavy and dodge attack damage has been increased while stamina costs have been reduced.
Ubisoft decided that Warlord's Crashing Charge is too powerful in 1v1 situations so they nerfed the shield charge activation from 300ms to 500ms. There are also buffs to heavy damage, light attack openers and finishers.
Additionally, there are some changes to skill rating and matchmaking. Now only winning or losing a match will have an impact on your personal skill rating which is a similar solution to Rainbow Six's Ranked methodology.
Ubisoft will also reset ratings for all players to allow the change to have the proper impact on matchmaking.