The road that has been taken by Ubisoft on their game For Honor has not been an easy one. After a launch that had several issues with their player base and even more technical problems, it seems like the game has garnered at least some stability as of late. However, it seems like peaceful days are going to be over as Ubisoft has brought a change in a mechanic that made the community angry.
Part of the hack-and-slash fighting game’s appeal for players lies in equipping signature finishing blows for the different classes of combatants. One such execution, for the Valkyrie class of the Viking faction, is called “No Touching,” and was made available in November.
The execution was taken out just an hour after some backlash regarding the move itself. Ubisoft told Polygon that the move was inappropriate content that didn’t belong in the game. I mean, the “No Touching” taunt was okay? You can look at how the taunt looked like below:
The move itself is self-explanatory enough. The opponent stumbles forward and, in a silly attempt to stabilize themselves by grabbing the nearest object, they grab the Valkyrie’s breasts. Then, the opponent acts like it was an accident and backs off and then gets a crotch shot.
Not only that but, asserting the dominance of the Valkyrie, she bashes the head of the perverted criminal with her shield. And then a mighty thunder from the Gods above finishes the opponent off.
The new animation gets rid of that and replaces it with a less funny variant of the animation. Seeing as how the opponent clings onto the shield of the Valkyrie and not her breasts. A lot of the people in the community acted against this because of the nature of the game itself.
“Killing an unarmed person while they kneel hopelessly while your character laughs and slits their throat? That’s fine,” said one redditor. “Crushing someone’s fucking skull using nothing but bare hands while they scream? That’s fine. Original No Touching execution? Oh no, that’s just too far.”
Now, according to Ubisoft this isn’t something that was meant to appear in the game to begin with. The original execution that came on November 9 was an earlier file that accidentally made it into For Honor. It seems like a flimsy attempt at an excuse to me but hey, whatever.