Maps. One of Celestial Heavens' greatest features. We have hundreds of maps available for Heroes I-V, but not many for Heroes VI. We know that the game was largely unsuccessful, and that the editor was too hard to use for most fans to create works of their own. As I speak, we only have four H6 maps available. We know there are more out there.
This, then, is our request to all H6 mapmakers: Submit your maps to Celestial Heavens! To do this, simply have a look on this page.
Most of the maps we have are for the old series; Heroes III-IV fans are still sending us single maps and recently, we have seen activity on a bigger scale as well: campaigns.
The Tale of Young Mudgeon is Karmakeld's latest creation; the first 5 maps in what is expected to be a massive 15-map user-made campaign! You can already download it from our campaigns page to try it out.
Now that development for MMX has formally ended, it's time to look to the future. Despite their shortcomings, Ubisoft have proved their intention to continue the franchise, and there is surely only a matter of a year or two before the next development arrives. So. Questions for the fans:
What is next? Heroes VII? MM XI?
Who do you think/hope will make it?
What sort of a game do you think it will be? What features are you hoping to see?
Reply here and tell us what you think the future will bring!
In these days of few happenings, we are happy to see that fans are still active in their production of maps. We have two maps needing testing at the moment, satisfying the needs of both H3 and H4 players;
This means War! - a small map for H3.
The Siege of Arderoth - a quick and simple single player map for H4.
Limbic Entertainment have announced the conclusion of support for their latest game, MMX: Legacy:
"Today we announce the end of the Might & Magic X – Legacy project. Indeed, the development team is now switching to exciting new projects. It’s painful for all of us to say goodbye to MMX, but rest assured you will hear about Might & Magic again soon.
No further updates are planned for the game or the website but we will continue to monitor the OpenDev blog and the forums, so you can be sure we’re still reading your comments! Indeed, today we would like to leave you the virtual keys so you can record all the amazing things you achieved. If you would like to share any information about the game, unofficial patches, workarounds, mods etc. please let us know in the comments."
The end of support for the game will come as bad news for those who were hoping for an improvement in the modding system, but we are interested to hear about the "exciting new projects" Limbic are working on.
June is a great month for gamers: June 10-12 is E3; the Electronic Entertainment Expo held in Los Angeles convention center. Ubisoft will be there, in booth 1023, MR 305 - visit the expo home page for more information. Ubisoft will be streaming live on their Twitch channel, and if you're really interested, there is a press conference tomorrow, which you can follow here. Following the recent news that Ubi have teamed up with NVIDIA for their AAA titles, I guess these games are likely to eat up most of the attention.
13-17th of August sees this year's biggest European game exhibition staged in Cologne, Germany: Gamescom. Visit the official site for lots of good information for both visitors and fans. We know that Limbic will feature there and hope to get some news about what they have in the pipeline. Another MM game, perhaps?
Good Old Games have launched a weekend promo on Ubisoft games, with more than 40 Ubisoft titles 60% off. They're calling it Unbelievably Ubi.
Scrolling through the various bits and pieces on sale, I can see the H3 Complete edition, the H4 Complete edition, the H5 Bundle and the M&M 6-pack, all at bargain prices. Remember, GOG has no DRM on their games and everything is available for download without waiting time. That's why we love the place.
There are lots of other Ubi games too. Check out the GOG promo page to see all the offers.
It's been quite a year for Fabrice Cambounet, producer of Heroes of Might and Magic V and Heroes Kingdoms. During the past year he left his position at Ubisoft, went through a divorce and sold his flat. All of that to embark on a dream to cross the United States, on his bike. His itinery, which starts in San Francisco and ends in New York, should take between four and six months according to his estimates. He might be leaving this Saturday and starting his journey in California a few days later. Fabrice started a blog to talk about his adventure and there are already several posts detailing his preparation and the motives behind his project. Follow the Blog, thw Facebook Page or the Google+ Page, or watch the video he made with a long series of screenshots from Google Maps showing the route he intends to follow:
I would like to wish Fabrice the best of luck. I will be watching his progress for sure.
You see the "Picture of the Day" on our site? It's rarely daily, this feature, and that's because we don't always have any new stuff to show you. Would you like some of your screenshots to be featured there? We are interested in various funny, interesting or other noteworthy pictures related to the M&M/Heroes series, so if you have any such shots, send them to us.
Sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us what the picture is about, and you may be featured here on the front page "Picture of the Day".
The staff at Celestial Heavens have been working around the clock, trying to ascertain the whereabouts of the mysterious user who posted fictitious news on our board yesterday.
Finding him, we made him "mysteriously disappear".
Rest assured, we will not be going anywhere any time soon; as long as there is a Community of Might & Magic fans who desire a place to go to for their news, maps and discussions about games in the franchise, CH will provide it.
After fifteen years in the game, it seems Celestial Heavens will be following the lead of GameSpy and shut up shop. For the past couple of years, interest in the Might and Magic series has been dwindling, and since fewer people are interested, the administrators have admitted that they don't see the point in having a fansite like this anymore.
"The official site and Facebook page can take care of all the info fans need, so we're shutting down in a few months time." one of them said after their staff meeting earlier today.
That's it for now - I'll try to get some more news about this later, and post it here before the site closes.
Available from March the 27, the statement also says that Deluxe Edition owners will get this extra content for free on the same day. In addition to all this, there will also be a Steam version for Mac released.
Along with our own review, published a month ago, we have assembled a collection of reviews from various sites on the web. In it, you may find quick summaries and scores, as well as links to the off-site reviews themselves.
These are just some of the many reviews and video blogs out there, though, and if you head over to the Ubisoft review collection, you can also find reviews in different languages.
To celebrate the 15th anniversary of Heroes III (Friday the 28th), Ubisoft have released an interview with two of the guys behind it: David Mullich and Chris Vanover. Sir Mullich speaks about how he was drafted into the production and his thoughts around how the team was put together, while Sir Christian gives us a short talk about the creativity process.
"I had few concerns when I left the project for a few days when my wife gave birth to our second son. When I returned to the office, my team surprised me by creating a new hero for the game, Sir Mullich, whose in-game description was, “Generally stoic, Sir Mullich is prone to spasmodic fits of uncoordinated excitement believed to intimidate his troops into working faster.”"
I came across a Zero Punctuation review of Might and Magic X by chance on Reddit. If you're unfamiliar with this column, well you need to be properly caffeniated, open your ears wide, and not mind the NSFW language:
Do you agree or disagree with the criticism from the review?
Limbic have announced the release of the first update for Might & Magic X. Along with the list of updates, they have also commented on the issues still remaining. Here's a list of things in the first patch:
- 3 new dungeons
- Fixed modding kit
- 16/10 resolution
- Spirit beacon bug fixed
The devs also say that they're working on a Mac version of MMX to be released in the first half of 2014.
Ubisoft is having a sale on several games, including their Might and Magic titles. Included in the mix is Might and Magic X, with a 25% discount. Check out the Ubisoft Web site. I cannot see the sale from my location, but I will trust my good informer!
Deals can also be found on Steam, during the Ubisoft week-end. You can get Heroes V or Clash of Heroes for $2.49, among others, or a franchise pack that contains all the recent Might and Magic games (excluding Might and Magic X). Have a look here.
The big sites have had their say, and now it is our turn to speak. Just added to our list of game reviews is our in-house review of Might & Magic X: Legacy.
The review is written by Tress, one of our loyal members and a real fan of the Might & Magic series.
Having had to be quite stern in our criticism of the previous instalment of the Heroes series, it is pleasing to see that the results of Limbic's efforts, while it would never produce a AAA title, does indeed seem to be a good step in the right direction. Hopefully this is a step that may lead to more, bigger, games in the future.
Ubisoft's Might and Magic X: Legacy is getting fairly good reviews so far, judging from its megacritic score of 74, by the time I write this. Here are the highlights from some of the largest gaming sites:
Joystiq (4/5): Might and Magic 10 plays so smoothly, with an elegant simplicity and almost effortless depth, that I can forgive its lack of story and indifferent graphical presentation. There's a common argument that pits the more complex/confusing conventions of older games against the accessible/"dumbed down" conventions of more recent fare, with one always good and the other always bad, depending on your point of view. Might and Magic 10: Legacy reveals just how irrelevant those arguments are. It's my new favorite installment in the series, and it offers a great example of how to update old-fashioned RPG mechanics for the present day.
Game Informer (8.25/10): Might & Magic X: Legacy lives up to the quality of its long-lost predecessors. Despite streamlining and accessibility upgrades, it’s not a game for everyone. Turn-based grid walks are a rarity today and the title may feel a bit bizarre to those that never had a chance to experience 90’s era Might & Magic fare, but for those that have always wanted a legitimate heir to the classic series, Might & Magic X: Legacy provides.
Eurogamer (7/10): Might & Magic 10: Legacy feels like a pleasant throwback to dungeon crawls of decades past, but its limited scope and combat-heavy focus might put off those pining for the freedom afforded by the more recent Elder Scrolls games, or the wordy character interaction of a Dragon Age. Nonetheless, for those keen on poring over stats and comparing colour-coded loot, it serves as a modern introduction to those games' precursors, delivers a heady blast of nostalgia, and preserves a little slice of history.
GameSpot (6/10): Might & Magic X: Legacy is a somewhat successful trip back in time to an era when RPGs were both simpler and more complicated than they are today, and a lot more demanding of players when it came to combat. If nostalgia drives you to visit this particular kingdom, you'll not likely regret the time spend there. If your good old days weren't brimming with games of this nature, it's more difficult to appreciate the take-no-prisoners challenge and overlook the limitations.
PC Gamer (73/100): What gives Legacy its old school charm though is that as much as it's weighed down by an obviously low budget and the mechanical sacrifices of jumping back a decade, there's a love for its style underpinning the action. The result isn't likely to do much for anyone raised on a diet of The Elder Scrolls, and even at its best is a nostalgia trip rather than call for revolution. Even so, for old-school RPG fans as sad as its creators seem to be that nobody makes games like this any more, it’s a solid way to relive the good old days.
Many more reviews are expected during the next couple of days, so we will provide an update in time. Until then, tell us whether the critics' comment match your own impression of the game so far.
I thought I'd check out some of the good deals out there for you, so you can get your hands on some games if you haven't already. Please don't hesitate to post a comment here if you discover some other good deals out there.
GOG.com has the HoMM V bundle on sale for $20, that's a decent buy, especially considering you get the full game with all expansions, DRM free.
They also have a Might and Magic 6-pack Limited Edition available for $10 - that's a steal. What's good about this is that you get all the six first M&M titles compatible with new Windows OS. Also check out the bonus material.
If you're into point-and-click adventures, have a look at Dreamfall: The longest journey. Made by Funcom in Norway, it's actually quite a good game in its segment. Currently at $15 it's not on the cheapest side, but I think it's worth it.
That Master of Magic is available for $6 is a good note on which to end the GOG recommendations. If you see any other good deals there in the coming days, let us know; they're bound to update their sales list soon.
Amazon.com also have some good deals up; the Bioshock triple pack downloadable for $15 being one of them. These pages change all the time, and I also see the American and UK sites being hugely different, so I'd recommend browsing for good deals and see if anything piques your interest. Generally, Amazon will lower their prices on mid-range hardware slightly (since new, upgraded models are arriving in January), but most software aren't necessarily on sale just because it's New Year's.
One thing I noticed is that the Heroes VI complete edition is available for $10, so if any of you have been waiting for the price to drop on this game, now's the time. What's good about that is that the game comes ready-patched and with the expansion and the DLCs.
Steam's holiday sale ends January 3rd, and their objects change every day. They have "daily offers" and "lightning sales" (every 8 hours), and as I type this I can see the same Heroes VI Complete edition for sale at -75%
I also see some good deals on Age of Empires II HD, the indie game Legend of Dungeon and Metro: Last night. When you browse for games in this store, keep an eye out for games that are playable on multiple platforms; Windows, Apple iOS and Linux.