Watch how For Honor came to be in animated video form

If you’re at all curious about how For Honor lead designer Jason VandenBerghe was inspired to create the faction-based medieval combat game, a new animated video from the YouTube series Lore in a Minute has you covered.

The minute-and-a-half video (which you can watch below) talks about how VandenBerghe originally dreamed up the idea of using the right analog stick on a controller to determine various melee combat stances after attending a German longsword combat class 15 years ago. Back then, VandenBerghe was part of Electronic Arts and he actually pitched the idea of a game using such a mechanic to various executives, all of whom passed on the concept.

Despite the lack of enthusiasm from the powers that be, VandenBerghe never fully gave up on the idea and he actually took his first steps towards fine-tuning it during the development of the Wii game Red Steel 2. Later on, after From Software’s Dark Souls series had made strides towards bringing more tactical swordplay into the gaming forefront, VandenBerghe pitched a more refined version of his dream swordfighting game to Ubisoft Montreal and the rest, as they say, is history.

For Honor is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. You can read our official review of the game here.