Surprising news has emerged as splitscreen local multiplayer has been dropped from Ubisoft’s exciting upcoming title For Honor. The news has since been confirmed by Polygon as Ubisoft responded to them with a comment on the decision.

A Ubisoft spokesperson commented: “The For Honor team made the difficult decision to cut split-screen co-op in order to deliver the best experience at launch. For Honor fans looking to play with friends will still have the option to play online co-op for the campaign and multiplayer modes.”

This is a shocking decision by the development team, given that creative director Jason Vandenberghe stated in 2015 that as “this is a game about fighting with weapons splitscreen [is] absolutely a key feature for us”. It would appear that the game has thus lost one of its key features without any real explanation for the loss. For Honor is due to launch in February 2017 on PS4, Xbox One and PC.