Who should own the franchise?

The new Heroes games produced by Ubisoft. Please specify which game you are referring to in your post.

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Who should own the franchise?

Postby Kalah » May 21 2013, 23:41

There have been a lot of complaints the last several years about Ubisoft's buying the M&M franchise. There are both upsides and downsides to this, but I don't want to go into detail on that right now; instead, let's hear your alternatives. While we're at it, we can also discuss who should do the actual game development.

If not Ubisoft, who should own the franchise?

Who should develop the games?
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Postby Kristo » May 22 2013, 13:52

I'm gonna go out on a limb and say nobody. What we have now, especially among older fans, is a memory. Memories of our first experience with one of the NWC games. Saying to ourselves, "just one more turn," when it's already 2 am. No one can take those memories away from us, and more importantly, I don't think anyone is capable of duplicating them. They don't make games like they used to, nor should they try. It's a different world now.

Anyone who wants to take on the Heroes franchise has impossibly large shoes to fill. Ubisoft has tried mightily, failed miserably in my opinion (twice!), and still made a metric crapton of profit from it. Rather than continue to be disappointed by future attempts at this, I would prefer they just let it go. Stop trying to recreate a game from a bygone era and move forward with your own ideas. Ubisoft kinda-sorta tried that with H6, but they're handcuffed by the Heroes brand. As long as they use the brand, it still has to at least appear to be a Heroes game on paper.

Let us have our memories. If you want Heroes 3, you know where to find it. It's right there on your shelf next to some of the best games ever made. And if it doesn't run on your hardware, GOG can hook you up with a version that will.
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Postby hellegennes » May 23 2013, 20:23

Changing hands will do nothing good for the franchise. What needs to be done is go with one single developer instead of constantly switching between developers. It matters not who owns the rights but who makes the games. The best thing that can happen to MM right now is stability.

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Postby Coldy » May 24 2013, 8:41

I for one would like to see the franchise in the hands of Firaxis Games or Stardock.
Both companies have a lot of experience developing high quality TBS games.

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Postby Romanov77 » May 26 2013, 16:22

I say the IP should be owned by people who can deliver some mature art style.

IE, less cute-looking creatures (except leprechaun and pixies of course :D ) and much more important, less bikini armor.
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Postby jeff » May 26 2013, 20:56

Romanov77 wrote: less bikini armor.


Do you me the bikini armor should cover less? :-D
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Postby Romanov77 » May 27 2013, 8:56

jeff wrote:
Romanov77 wrote: less bikini armor.


Do you me the bikini armor should cover less? :-D


No :D

I mean less hookers on stilettos !
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Postby jeff » May 27 2013, 12:46

Romanov77 wrote:I mean less hookers on stilettos !


Oh, man you're in the NFL, The No Fun League :(
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Postby Xdarkon » May 28 2013, 23:50

For the M&M games I would Bethesda, They are knows for there capabilities to make breath taking RPGs, And for HoMM I really can't say.. Maybe EA?

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Postby Romanov77 » May 29 2013, 9:46

Xdarkon wrote:Maybe EA?


I want this guy IP banned. He made my skin crawl.
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Postby Dalai » May 29 2013, 9:58

Paradox or Stardock. No outsourcing, as Paradox did with failed Majesty 2.

Romanov77 wrote:I want this guy IP banned. He made my skin crawl.

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Postby Yurian Stonebow » May 30 2013, 16:03

Who should own it? We, the People.
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Postby Angelspit » May 30 2013, 16:38

There is a lot of wisdom in your absurdity.
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Postby GMnemonic » Jul 20 2013, 5:09

I heard on another forum Jon von Caneghem (dont mind grammar errors) and his team with Rome Total war 2.

Seen Jon von Canegem litterally made the first games he should be it.
Even though I cannot stand activion as a publisher as of late I like Ubisoft better but that is only for its execution on other games not the HOMM VI one wich is a realyy really dumped down game from the start.

Togheter with bethesda software as publisher and Paul Romero should come back again to do the music instead of quitting.

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Postby Sir_Toejam » Aug 28 2013, 11:41

HOMM should end up being open license, and independent devs can try to develop for it with kickstarter projects.

that way, the FANS get to vote on the best projects directly with their own money.

leaving it in the hands of ANY modern publisher is doom. they all suck now.

all of them.

it's not just the software industry; same thing has happened to all entertainment industries, for those who haven't been paying any attention at all.

it's time to undercut the publishers directly, and kickstarter is one way to do that.


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