After a year-and-a-half of communication exclusively around the development of Heroes VII, Ubisoft have announced the closure of the Shadow Council, transferring the communication with fans to the official forums.

We here at Celestial Heavens have always encouraged the developers of M&M games to communicate directly with the fans wherever practical, and the Shadow Council was a decent attempt at doing so: it enabled the fans to vote on several aspects of the game development, although the comments section was also marred by spamming and malicious flaming. We believe the official forums will offer little in the way of direct communication, as the traffic load is way too high for the busy game developers to follow directly. They must therefore rely on a team of forum managers/moderators (as the announcement above admits) to relay the relevant info to them. This does introduce go-between and effectively severs the direct link between fans and developers, but also filters out the de-motivating "flaming" comments before they reach the devs.

Another opportunity lies in the use of fan-controlled forums such as ours, where H7 devs are known to pop by from time to time.

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The developers have announced the upcoming release of patch 1.7, making several changes to Heroes VII. The changes include the removal of the level cap, a new campaign, balance fixes and some other stuff.

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Jon Van Caneghem's new game, Creature Quest, now has its own website and a trailer. Currently available "Down Under", you can sign up to the site to keep tabs on the development and further availability.


Creature Quest is a mobile game designed for iOS, and can be downloaded from iTunes.

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We're ending the year with a bang! The Celestial Heavens review of Heroes VII is finally complete.

I hope you enjoy it.

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The Lost Tales of Axeoth is a set of campaigns for Heroes VII, made by Julien "Marzhin" Pirou and based on earlier (but unused) scripts for Heroes IV created by storyteller Terry B. Ray. Post-poned slightly from the original plan, the first of the two campaigns will be released in February 2016, containing 5 Academy maps and telling the story of Genevieve Seymour. There is a second campaign in the pipeline too, sporting the Stronghold faction.

Weaving stories from the pre-Ubisoft universe into the world of Ashan is something map makers have done in the past, but this is the first time such maps are coming from an official source. Getting these extra maps will no doubt get the fans excited.

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From all of us to all of you, have a very merry Christmas and a happy new year - may there be many good games and films under the tree for you.

christmaspresent 

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I'm grazing the Internet and looking for good deals for Christmas; it is customary for shops (both online and retail) to have sales in December since they are looking to take advantage of people's shopping sprees, and because they don't want to have superfluous stock as the year ends.

So far I have found the ultimate edition of GalCiv II available for a pittance (-75%) at GOG.com, so if you're into space exploration and strategy games, you should pick that up. The Space Quest series (1-3 and 4-6) is also available; retro games, yes, but absolute classics. You're probably wondering what GOG can offer in the way of M&M related games? In fact, there are lots of Heroes games available at -75%: Heroes IHeroes II gold, Heroes III complete, Heroes IV complete, the Heroes V bundle, and Heroes Chronicles.

In the Ubi shop, I found lowered prices on the MM: Heroes complete pack (full versions of H5 and H6, along with the H3 HD edition), the M&M franchise pack (M&M 1-10), as well as a really cheap "I am the boss" DLC to Clash of Heroes.

At Amazon.com I couldn't find many deals, but getting the Heroes VII deluxe edition for $27.44 isn't bad. There's also the Heroes Collection (Heroes 1-5) for just under $25, in case you're the retail kind of person who isn't satisfied with downloads from GOG. Amazon.co.uk have the same collection, but more prominent is the Heroes VII Collector's Edition - albeit it will set you back £57.

If you find any interesting deals for the community of players out there, please don't hesitate to comment.

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With our past contributors currently unavailable, I am putting together this game's walkthroughs myself. Now I know how much work is involved. Phew.

So far, I'm about half-way. On our walkthroughs page we now have the campaigns for Haven, Academy and Stronghold listed. Next on my playlist is Necropolis.

The walkthroughs are fairly simple and don't contain any sort of advanced strategy for the individual factions. If you would like to contribute something like that to our site, feel free to contact me.

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Several online shops have started their annual "Black Friday" sale - maybe there is a chance to pick up some goodies at a lowered price? Amazon are running their usual Black Friday week, as I type GOG.com have a sale on GalCiv II and are likely to set up more sales as we approach the weekend, BestBuy are launching a BF sale as well, and the UBiShop have flash deals - although I'm not sure these are BF related.

 

Could there be a sale on Heroes VII coming up? Let us know if you spot it!

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