hellegennes wrote:I could not disagree more. Yes, they could have stayed in the old universe. But who says they didn't? They can introduce links to the older MM games any time they want, and bring on the Ancients, etc.
Continuing on a world that already had produced a controversial title* and a complete disaster of a game (MM9) would not be the wisest thing to do. Plus, many fans, me included, disliked Axeoth and its lore and found it to be generic and uninteresting; not that Ashan is excellent, but I do like it more than Axeoth. Also, don't forget that these games were largely unfinished so Ubisoft would not know what the intentions of the original developers were.
* Heroes 4 was controversial, because of its many gameplay changes which divided the fanbase and also was released slightly earlier, with a really crappy AI and quite a few major and minor bugs.
Yes, they could introduce elements from the original universe, of course, but the fact is they haven't so far.
The reputation of HoMM4 has no bearing on its story. And I found it to be very refreshing. The countries on Axeoth were very cliché - Deyja being the lands ruled by an evil necromancer etc. On Axeoth, the campaign of Gaudolth set an entirely different tone, with the undead seeking peaceful coexistence.
Yes, these games were largely unfinished, and that's why it was such a good opportunity. All they had to do was remember the storyline of two games - what could be easier? The original intentions of NWC don't matter, as the players don't know them just as much as Ubisoft.
hellegennes wrote:Why, Ubisoft games never contradicted the original universe! Even if the Dragons of Ashan are just godlike beings, how does that contradict the Ancients? The Ancients are not the creators of the universe, they were just a colonizing advanced civilisation. They did not seed the entire universe themselves. Couldn't Ashan be one of the 100 billion planets* that exist on the same galaxy the Ancients are, which did not have anything to do with them?
Now, about those Kreegans, yes, they are supposed to be the same race in Heroes and MM games, but in Heroes they are not outright called Kreegans but Demons. Their lineup resembles much more a traditional version of hell, which comprises demons, familiars and devils. They also look nothing like MM Kreegans, although they are supposed to be the same race. This choice was made in order not to alienate Heroes fans who did not play the MM games. Everyone was happy, because to Heroes fans they were just demons, but to MM fans they were a continuation of the MM storyline.
Heroes fans never saw an alien race in the demon race of Heroes; that's why the Forge met with such heavy criticism, before it even made its way to the game.
* that could very well be the number of planets in the Milky Way, according to what we know today.
If it's a planet on the other side of the galaxy, or in another galaxy, it makes no difference as there is still no connection to previous events.
And yes, I completely agree with you, but the way they did it was pretty graceful. Both sides were content. And now they have no sci-fi anywhere, leaving only the MMH side content.