With more games adopting the business model of a service, what tends to happen is that new players are woefully behind the pack. Whether this pertains to Destiny or Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege, both games have respectively solved these issues of inaccessibility by easing rookies in with level boosts and a handful of unlockable characters. This usually comes in the form of new editions of the base game, and For Honor is charging forward in a similar vein with the Starter Edition.
Veterans of For Honor have likely purchased or unlocked all of the base and new Heroes since launch, so the Starter Edition fully unlocks (playable and customizable) the Warden, Raider, and Kensei. Depending on which Faction is chosen, the other three base Heroes will be playable, but require 8,000 Steel each (around $7.99) to customize once you recruit them.
As for the other base heroes in the two remaining factions, you can fully unlock them for 8,000 Steel each as well. Post-launch Heroes will cost the standard 15,000 Steel each.
Players can simply unlock all the Heroes with the All Heroes Bundle for 50,000 Steel, but the Starter Edition will be available for $14.99 on Steam and Origin with no console versions currently in the works. You can read the full details of how Heroes are unlocked, how the Starter Edition applies to the Season Pass, and more via Ubisoft’s For Honor forums.
For Honor is quite the beast on the competitive level, so while that’s a more considerable barrier of entry than other players’ access to more Heroes, this Starter Edition is more than a reasonable price just to take on its decent campaign alone and its significant improvements over time. If I were to unlock any Hero, it’d be the Highlander. That claymore though.