"We have a lot of players in For Honor." This statement is probably true, but what absolutely cannot be denied is that the game has lost the majority of its launch audience.
Both times, the information specifically referenced Steam's easily accessible data. For Honor is a Uplay game, of course, so in-game numbers are no doubt higher than those on Steam, for the simple fact they include both platforms. However, it's unlikely they're that much higher based on what we've seen in the past with other games, including Ubisoft titles.
Player numbers on PS4, and Xbox One, are another story. And since Ubisoft doesn't give an in-game count on consoles, we can only guess. All of this is nothing new for games of this calibre, even if things went downhill a tad faster in For Honor's case.
Which is why it's disappointing to see community manager Eric Pope calling similar reports "fake news." Pope shared his opinion on the most recent Warrior's Den livestream.
It's unclear if the message was meant in lighthearted way than it appears, but it's nonetheless bizarre to see a Ubisoft representative say this about the reports and not offer a counterpoint.
For Honor has 1,474 players on Steam at the time of writing. This number is not high enough for the game to be on Steam's list of the 100 most played games.