- by Kalah
As promised, we have been keeping tabs on the development of JVC's new operation: the mobile game Creature Quest developed by VC Mobile Entertainment. For a while, the game has been running a so-called "soft launch", being available only in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, the Netherlands and Hong Kong. On January 26th, however, the game launches globally, meaning it will be available for download in areas such as Europe and USA as well.
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- by Pol
A lot happened from the holly time of Christmas and I hope that you enjoyed them quite thoroughly, here's the recap:
- Heroes I. and Heroes II. sections at CH were cleaned. That includes fixing formatting, links and reconnecting with comments. Also part of Heroes III. And our Walkthroughs section. With that we are closing one big debt from the past, and returning the content to you, our dear readers.
- Heroespedia, later known just as wiki returned and we are now seeking for contributors and admins as caretakers. You, who were already here, may start to contribute right away. And for newcomers, write me pm. If you have(had) an account on wikia, it may be reassociated, there's known way how to confirm your identity.
- GrayFace updated his set of tools, the exhausive list of changes is available here. I think every modder will be happy, there wasn't a better present which you could get. Thank You GrayFace!
- Heroes 5.5 Mod arrived with a new release. Full list of changes is available here. The game si getting new in game manual, and rebalanced Academy miniartifacts and also heap of other options. You can discuss it in our forums here with magnomagus.
- And in order, to recall some sweet memories, I will finish with two videos from RefresherTV, these are 10 facts about Heroes III. and Heroes V., which you (may be?) didn't know about. This is in polish only, but pictures speak quite well!
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- by Kalah
After the development of Heroes VII ended, not much has been happening. In the following weeks, however, we have a bit of a treat for you: we have been able to land some interviews with some of the people who worked on the Heroes series in the past - among others Rob King, Bryan Farina and JVC himself.
So what would you like us to ask them? Comment down below and let us know.::/introtext::
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- by Pol
Not that there wouldn't be any news but it doesn't sound like the important ones. However there are discounts, you know that. Pre-Christmas discounts, Christmas discounts and there sure will be New Year sale ride and after that as well.
Because all of you who waited for some decent price for MM:Heroes VII. - your time come with Digital Release called "Full Pack". Grab it here for 15.3€ if you waited for.
The other pretty much good game in action is Samorost 3, under 10€ - you can made your day with it here. From Amanita Design - they are creators of Machinarium and previous Samorost games.
Yup, this is really an excerpt frome our Best Deals thread.
PS Myself I actually tried to get MM:H7 but couldn't, though the pay gate stated that my zip code is invalid. Guess some minor mistake on Ubisoft side. Not suprised, let it passed by.
Yes, we are awaiting of bigger news, hope it will be soon!
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- by Pol
The previous weeks were in sign of Black Friday and we are just continue strictly toward the Christmas. This means in general lots of discounts and people getting presents but lower activity from ' mod/game makers'.
VCMI - Mod Design Team
One of major VCMI features is, that is moddable. The full list of mods in all states of completeness is available here. Recently there were some pretty drafts from Mod Design Team. These were Sirena, Werewolf and Oasis, see the pics below.
Heroes 7 - The Umbramancer Mod
is getting a major feature, that's being Atmos - The Weather System, with simple logic that if there is some weather before the battle, sure it will continue in the battle. Another positive effect is that it will probably shorter time of battles, as effects are intensified with each round. The short table to sum it up is available here.
To my knowledge there's not a public vesion yet, so all of the planned features are demonstrated in youtube videos.
Heroes 7 - Balance Mod
There's a silence regarding future of Might&Magic brand. However they expressed their meaning about free content and suprisingly they are all for it. Just for some games, they started it up. The whole article is available at gamesindustry.biz So next time, we may receive bonus maps and artifacts for free, same for everyone? Time returns on the beginning, new cycle begun. What was normal before, just again is. Marked as a new concept.
We may guess that attempts from Vivendi to hostile takeover of Ubisoft continue, as more and more defensive articles from Ubisoft continue to appear. Basically pointing out that if Vivendi would be in charge, the Ubisoft will become dumbed company. What to say, they are likely right. See this one for example.
Fearsome, we in M&M games don't have such monsters as "PR manager, Chairman or Stockholder", perhaps they should be added to the completely new House of Politics, with town screen of nice French Chateau. Or just as a dwelling, if you win them over!
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- by Pol
H2: Project Ironfist got a new coat and you can admire it on http://ironfi.st/ pages. The pages are not complete at this stage but all basic stuff has been already put in place. Sure that there are few more pics of "Big Balrog With Gun". Seeing cards, it's not certain what will be final name for this mighty cyber beast, it looks like that one of possible names with which it could ends, could be simply BB with Gun.
Ubisoft is playing Hide & Seek of Might & Magic, during last two weeks, some of official pages disapperead, re-appeared, moved or end in error, to pop up again later. Official pages https://mmh7.ubi.com/en/blog been, has been not, get Cabir error and then returned today. Similarly http://might-and-magic.ubi.com/universe/en-gb/home/ was and is gone, seemingly forever. However the shop and forums remains untouched.
Whereas this is good, bad or meaning something we cannot judge. Although if you like conspirational teories it may be connected with question, which Kalah asked some time ago and posted in previous article. But rather they just move the content to different servers, used for games out of development cycle. Truth is bland usually.
And as a last get ready for Black Friday, which is the next one!
- by Kalah
Before the end of October, I dispatched two questions to several Ubisoft PR representatives, hoping for an official statement:
- Since the development of the latest game in the franchise (Heroes VII) has now stopped, we are wondering: are there any plans for continuing the franchise with other games?
- There are rumours going around but no official statement has been released yet: can you confirm or deny that Erwan le Breton's team has been disbanded?
Can you guess whether we got a clear message or an ambiguous reply? Well, after hearing back from them I sent a quick follow-up, but haven't heard anything more and I think three weeks is enough time to wait. Here is the official reply:
"After more than four years of collaboration on Might and Magic projects, Ubisoft's partnership with Limbic Entertainment has come to an end. As a result, no further updates are planned for these projects or the related websites. Ubisoft wants to thank both Limbic and the community for their support and dedication over the past four years."
As you can see, the answer says that nothing new is planned, but it doesn't specifically say that there will be nothing more of the M&M franchise - which is what I'd like to know. It just says that there are no plans (not that there never will be any) and that Limbic are no longer connected with it. I guess it doesn't sound good, but we can't say anything definitive.
In case you're wondering about the second question, I did get a reply from a different PR rep but I'm not sure she realized the irony: she said she was going to forward my questions to the Might & Magic team. If the team has been disbanded, I wonder who she thinks is checking the e-mails?::/introtext::
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- by Pol
New version of VCMI mod was released. They are coming closer and closer to "final release", now just a tiny step before, with version 0.99. See full annoucenment on vcmi.eu.
If you like HoMM3 you shouldn't miss an oportunity to try this out.
Humble Bundle is still running a bundle with remastered Grim Fandago & Day of the Tentacle. You may decide if you join 99807 people, who already have it.
Whereas Ubisoft is giving for free Beyond Good & Evil, in its 30yrs anniversary club.
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