That’s right, friends. Robbie Rotten lives on in For Honor. That is, RobbieBotten does. It’s a Grade A tribute and a Grade A pun in one, and you’ve got to admire the devs for that.
You’re probably going to need a good dose of context for this one, so let’s start at the beginning. For Honor, as you probably know, is a fighter/action hybrid, centred around sword-and-board warfare between four factions: the Knights, the Vikings, the Samurai and the newly-introduced Wu Lin.
The Viking faction is comprised of brutal yet honorable (well, Warlord players who love taking advantage of their long throw to drop their foes off ledges aside) warriors, from an icy northern tundra known as Valkenheim. In the game, appropriately, the Vikings speak real-world Icelandic.
One Hero from the faction, the Berserker, is voiced by Iceland native Stefán Karl Stefánsson, an actor who sadly passed away last year at the age of just 43. He was perhaps best known for his role in Lazy Town, quirky Icelandic edutainment/musical show for children. He played Robbie Rotten, a man who despises the show’s stars for advocating healthy eating and exercise. Instead, he pushes for more of a Homer Simpson-esque lifestyle.
Naturally, this wasn’t the sort of thing that Lazy Town wanted to advocate, so Robbie Rotten was always portrayed as the villain of the piece. However, Stefánsson himself was always very well respected, and the developers of For Honor have included a fantastic tribute to the man who voiced their Berserker.
Now, there isn’t a lot that gets past the eagle-eyed gamers of Reddit. If you’ve played much For Honor, you’ll have noticed that the game’s bots are named and character specific. They seem almost real. One of them, those canny Redditors have noticed, is named RobbieBotten, and, of course, is a male Berserker. He’s the only bot in the game that sports one of the newfangled effects (the rainbow), to boot.
It’s a subtle reference, but a meaningful one. It’s also a nice, wholesome story about For Honor, a game that sure has had a rocky life.
For all their faults, after all, this is one thing that Ubisoft really should be commended for. It’s not the first time they’ve done this, either. Last October, the team got wind of a For Honor fan who had also sadly passed, as reported by a friend of his. The notes for patch 1.25 read,
“After reading FatMooch69’s remembrance of his fallen comrade our dev team quickly got behind the idea of immortalizing ‘B’ in the game as a bot… If you see ‘TheeLizardWizard’ charging at you in the heat of battle, pay him tribute by giving him a good fight!”