We have gotten word that Limbic are going to set up a live stream of the closed beta #2 tomorrow. During the stream, Dan S and a level designer will be playing a skirmish map and answer questions from you fans, chatting and having a good time.

You wanna hang out with the devs?

Join the stream here at 15:00-18:00 GMT+2 (German time)

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The "gold version" of a game traditionally means the version that is printed on CDs/DVDs and shipped to stores for distribution. In later years, though, especially with the breakthrough of digital distribution, the term has become somewhat ambiguous: it usually means the finished product as the players see it on day 1 of sales.

The Heroes VII developers have now announced that the game is "content & feature complete", but that bugfixing and polishing will continue for another month right up until release on Sept. 29th. With Ubisoft, that means a "day-1 patch" to accompany the physical copies if that is what you have bought.

This final development is what the second beta test is for. If you're playing that, please help the devs all you can by reporting any weaknesses you encounter, so that the final version gets as good as possible. The devs would like you to focus in particular on multiplayer bug reports and AI optimization. Go here to read all about the second beta.

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Ubisoft are launching a second beta round next week. They are also giving away beta codes at random intervals, but they are snapped up quickly so you'll have to pay close attention to their Facebook account if you're going to get hold of one.

In this round, you will be able to play Haven and Academy, as before, and also Dungeon and Sylvan. There are 4 different maps.

For full info about this beta round, see this page.

If you're playing the beta, please pay special attention to the bugs that still exist and report them to the developer team. What we need at this point is not merely players trying the game, but actively contributing to its improvement. You can also post your general impressions in our forum.

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Ladies, Gentlemen - dear readers. For many years now, we have been trying to update our site, giving it new software that can stand the test of time. Something that can be supported by today's server providers and also more easily be updated when we need to in the future. After sterling work from our house-trained gremlins the last several weeks, we are well underway.

Our Round Table forums are up and running. There aren't many custom styles yet, that will take time. But we're working on it! The genius who designed those other nice skins of the old table, Robenhagen, has been forced (that torture chamber sure comes in handy sometimes) out of retirement to work on some new ones for us. Meanwhile, though: enjoy the new forum's features. :) The main news site is being put up now; things are moving forward. Old articles are being transferred so they can be read. Later, we will create some nice colours and design features, as well as maps and such goodies.

What has happened while we were away? Well, quite a bit. I'll summarize the highlights here, with links to off-site stories:

We also missed this year's Gamescom. You can read a final report here, and I'm sure more Heroes VII stuff will be revealed from here later.

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On Monday, we are attempting to migrate to a new server, so we can give our site a much-needed update. On that date, the Round Table forums will be set to read-only. Inactive users will be pruned and we will try to upgrade the forum to phpBB3.

We don't know how long the downtime will be. Minutes, hours, days ... we don't know. Wish us luck.

Edit: We're half up!

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Dear Councillors,

After giving us Sylvan's line up some days ago, Dev Blog finally reveal Might & Magic's Heroes for Sylvan.
Might Heroes are Avenger, ranger or Warden, suit with light armor and a bow.
Magic Heroes are Thornsower, Mystic and Starsinger, designed with cape and a spear.

Numerous players' comments those artworks, and many dislike helmets or cape design. Maybe Ubisoft will change those aspects during the 3D creation...
And you, do you consider those design matches well for Sylvan's faction ?

See more on the Sylvan Magic Heroes page and Sylvan Might Heroes page.

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Dear Councillors,

Dev team reveals some figures about the first closed beta test last June, and we give you a tiny abstract:
- Favourite Faction: Haven was more played than Academy.
- Top 3 skills: Exploration, Light Magic and Righteousness.
- Top 3 abilities: United we stand, Sisters of Mercy and Snatch.
- Top 3 spells: Sun Beam, Fire Bolt and Frost Bolt.
You can find all figures on Heroes VII Dev Blog.

Moreover, a new vote is set up. Players can choose the next faction available for the closed beta test 2, besides Haven and Academy.
All shadow councillors can choose between Stronghold, Necropolis, Sylvan and Dungeon. You have until July 15th to give your opinion.
And you, which one do you want to test during the next closed beta test?

See more on Heroes VII Dev Blog.

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Dear Heroes,

Finally, The Dev team has revealed the line up for Sylvan's faction, with all basic and elite units.
For those whom haven't seen the news, Sylvan faction is composed of:
- Hunter & Master Hunter
- Dryad & Oak Dryad
- Pixie & Sprite
- Druid & Druid Elder
- Moon Doe & Sun Deer
- Blade Dancer & Blade Master

It is not a surprise, players are quite upset about characters' design. Some comments consider that Moon Doe is too cute to go on the battlefield.
Others are quite upset about the choice of having women as Druids, event the lore justifies this choice.
The main criticisms concern the lack of muscles for Blade Master.

And you, what is your opinion about Sylvan's units ?

See more on Heroes VII Dev Blog.

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