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Celestial Heavens  → Producer Interview: Fabrice Cambounet

by Kalah

With the coming expansion to Heroes V, we thought it would be a good time to send the producer some questions. Here they are - oh, and the answers as well.

First, let me ask you what word UbiSoft would use to express their opinion on Heroes V sales so far - satisfactory, good, excellent? Is the game selling as well as expected - is your management happy?

H5 has been selling very well up to now, and the feedback from the top management is satisfaction. The US market, for instance, had to raise its expectations twice after the launch and do quite a number of new copies. I hope the arrival of the addon will revive the interest during the Christmas season :)
Second, the Community is very excited about the return of the Dwarves; when did you decide what structure the expansion town was going to have?
This was actually decided a long time ago. We knew what sort of content we would include, the race and creatures, some time before the release of H5. As the game buzz was growing fairly well, the project was greenlighted, and the work started right after H5 went gold, and in parallel to the patch plan.
How do you feel about dealing with the Communities' regulars; their demands, their protests? Do you feel it's a goal for you to satisfy the wishes of the fans with these expansions?
I'm sure it's impossible to meet all of the demands :) However, we know quite well what is important to the communities, and I think we have provided it either through the patches, or with the addon. What is really important, like the map editor and its updates, is not linked to buying the addon, and is given through patches. I hope we will have covered most demands, I know that many people felt some features were missing at the release.
Continuing that, will there be a swamp town coming our way some day?
You have to play with the swamp town you have, not the one you wish to have or will have at a later date. :)
The RMG is also longed for, and will no doubt have a great impact on the game's replayability. But will maps generated with this RMG will be compatible with the standard version as well as the expansion?
No, the RMG will only be compatible with the addon data and exe file.
A more general question now: Fans are divided in their opinions on the patches, that is to say: the game's balance etc. – but they seem to appreciate your efforts in continuing to issue updates. Do you plan to continue issuing patches/updates for the standard version also after the expansion is released?
Yes, we still haven't concluded our initial patch plan, mixing balance tweaks and new features. We've been gathering delays in this respect, especially as the addon was entering a crunch phase. In the last few weeks of patch 1.4, we have also concentrated on the desynch problems, as it seemed cases were still being encountered. Nival produced a special version of the game for our testers to track these issues, which are stemming from various and specific game situations. I hope these problems will now be behind us. After this initial plan is done, I think we will draft a new one to continue providing new content!

Did/do you personally take an active part in the making of the expansions? What is your role?

I have the same role on the addon production as I had during H5's production :)
The first expansion yields a "Silver" edition... Do I smell gold? Platinum, perhaps? How many expansions do you think you can make for Heroes V?
I can only answer the question that was asked by Archangel Castle: the number of expansions has been decided already :)
How is the outlook for a continuation of the HoMM universe, in other words: if the expansion(s) reach the same level of success the standard version did, how are the chances we'll see a Heroes VI some day?
Making expansions is a way for a publisher to continue providing content for a complex game (strategy games, usually), and increase its quality long after the initial game was released. So, it does help increase the revenue, but you need to have a success with the original game first :) As it is the case with H5, the addon should hopefully be a success too. It will in turn increase the chances that Ubisoft invests in the future of the series :)

At the end, for something completely different: You have been fairly efficient in re-releasing the older games in the series in 'Complete'-packages, much to the delight of the fans. Is there any chance at all you might do the same with the old 'Might and Magic' series?

This is not planned in the near future as far as I know, but if we start working on this series, it will certainly happen :)
Thanks, Fabrice - let's hear it, everybody! Drinks all round!
Comments

Campaigner at 2006-11-22 18:30 wrote:
Fabrice : We’ll be tweaking the AI in the patching process. This is part of the game refining after the launch, when we receive many feedbacks and many datas, in a volume that is not possible during our own testing phase. Any AI weakness will be taken care of, and its challenge, which is already quite good I think, will be improved.

- 8 June 2006

4 patches are out, Fabrice. In what partucular patch - AI weakness was taken care of ?
Furthermore, IFAIK, addon will have no AI improvements as well.


I would really like that the next guy that interviews him quotes that part and make clear that that statment holds little truth.

DaemianLucifer at 2006-11-22 15:33 wrote:
Why thank you.I like the comparison :devil:

betelgeuse at 2006-11-22 14:54 wrote:
@DL Think along something the same lines, as my following comment, have maybe been mentioned before, "You are much the same as my Dad he could start a row in an empty house".

LOL
:-)
Edited on Wed, Nov 22 2006, 07:57 by betelgeuse

DaemianLucifer at 2006-11-22 12:18 wrote:
Oh,nothing,I was just going to make an indirect comparison :devious:

betelgeuse at 2006-11-22 12:01 wrote:
More importantly,did they do it without many spelling errors? :devious:

Ja/Nein Waht is the dfinrce as lnog as the gmpelay is good.

DaemianLucifer at 2006-11-22 11:30 wrote:
More importantly,did they do it without many spelling errors? :devious:

Cleanpea at 2006-11-22 10:53 wrote:
MM6 is the best!!! I bought one copy in Germany just recently. And for some reason, the germans have translated ALL THE TEXT IN MM6 TO their mother-language! That's just the will I would have liked to see when someone should make might and magic games. Someone here played through MM6? The texts are MASSIVE!

betelgeuse at 2006-11-22 10:32 wrote:
"but if we start working on this series, it will certainly happen :)"

Why can't they just announce they are going to do MM X :(


Else it doesn't look so bad... Just want to know for sertain about MM X :( oh well, back to playing MM VII :D

I too would like to see MM X but I am currently playing MM VI at the moment, I thought it was the best one.

CloudRiderX at 2006-11-12 00:04 wrote:
Nival pretty much screwed up the Hall of Fame and the paper doll, so I am fairly convinced they will screw up the Caravan system somehow.

Once Nival understands that bringing back old favorite features -exactly as they were - is the right way to go, I, and probably many fans, will be more satisfied with the way the series is going.

MistWeaver at 2006-11-11 20:11 wrote:
Sadly, the RMG will not be compatible with the standard version of the game

Sadly for who ? :D

DaemianLucifer at 2006-11-11 19:31 wrote:
No,its like I said:Months are being extended untill the next patch is out.So now is not november,because jully just ended when 1.4 came out :devil:

The Mad Dragon at 2006-11-11 19:22 wrote:
Sounds like we are all smokers and that our patches only last a month till we get a new one, lol

MistWeaver at 2006-11-11 19:19 wrote:
Fabrice : We’ll be tweaking the AI in the patching process. This is part of the game refining after the launch, when we receive many feedbacks and many datas, in a volume that is not possible during our own testing phase. Any AI weakness will be taken care of, and its challenge, which is already quite good I think, will be improved.

- 8 June 2006

4 patches are out, Fabrice. In what partucular patch - AI weakness was taken care of ?
Furthermore, IFAIK, addon will have no AI improvements as well.

Patching will continue, in accordance with the original plan.
:lolu: :lolu: :lolu:

What plan ? One patch per month ? :D :D

ThunderTitan at 2006-11-11 17:11 wrote:
He wouldn't be doing marketing if they weren't.

The Mad Dragon at 2006-11-11 14:49 wrote:
Just seems to me that some of the answers aren't straight forward and avoid the question entirely.

Angelspit at 2006-11-11 14:45 wrote:
He refers to a discussion with Archangel Castle that happened in the Ubisoft office last week. I'll try to translate the most important points for you later.

Alamar at 2006-11-11 13:24 wrote:
"However, we know quite well what is important to the communities, and I think we have provided it either through the patches, or with the addon."

I wish a reworked, or at least modded AI, was part of the equation ...

Vitirr at 2006-11-11 12:29 wrote:
"Why can't they just announce they are going to do MM X :( "

I guess it all will depend on sales. I think if they decide to make a M&MX it will be a big project, bigger than HOMM, and will require a big investement. So they'll have to show some good figures first to convince some bosses.

However, right now I would bet that we will see M&MX by Ubi in the next few years.

Justice at 2006-11-11 10:49 wrote:
"but if we start working on this series, it will certainly happen :)"

Why can't they just announce they are going to do MM X :(

" I hope we will have covered most demands"
Still missing the text bokses, don't see why they aren't in the game. If they don't want to use them in the campaign they can just don't do it and let the mapmakers do what they want...

Else it doesn't look so bad... Just want to know for sertain about MM X :( oh well, back to playing MM VII :D

arturchix at 2006-11-11 09:04 wrote:
Thanks, Kalah!

Cleanpea at 2006-11-11 05:56 wrote:
He always seems nice:) :) but it is his job to be nice to the fans:) it is his education:D


Always when I read his words, I go play H5 ahain:)
gafferr at 2006-11-11 03:56 wrote:
At least it appears that they have one more expansion in mind.

kingcranium14 at 2006-11-11 03:32 wrote:
"However, we know quite well what is important to the communities..."

You wouldn't known it based how they've responded to "what's important".
Edited on Fri, Nov 10 2006, 20:33 by kingcranium14
fly away at 2006-11-11 02:09 wrote:
well. It might sound a little heretical, but since the number of addons is already decided, then I hope HofF won't be a success in terms of sales. Nival needs a kick to do a better job.

Sir_Toejam at 2006-11-11 01:46 wrote:
Is it just me, or does Fabrice REALLY like to put smileys at the end of his statements?

DaemianLucifer at 2006-11-10 23:41 wrote:
They (not so) subtly hinted that it will be nagas,so...

Evenshade at 2006-11-10 23:27 wrote:
"Though now I really start to wonder which towns they would add if HoF is a success as well."

Yeah... his comment about swamp towns is certainly a curious one.

ThunderTitan at 2006-11-10 23:19 wrote:
"I know that many people felt some features were missing at the release."

Oh, they noticed that. How nice.

SageShadowbane at 2006-11-10 22:43 wrote:
Sounds excellent! Though now I really start to wonder which towns they would add if HoF is a success as well. For all we know they have plans for 3 expansions worked out O_o

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