Free Heroes of Might and Magic II Resurrection

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Free Heroes of Might and Magic II Resurrection

Postby sirDranik » Aug 4 2020, 8:48

Good day, fans, knights and trolls of Heroes of Might and Magic 2!

We're pleased to announce that open source project Free Heroes of Might and Magic II has just got a new release - 0.8 version with a plenty of delightful changes! Here is a short list of them:
    - Major rework of battle animations including units, spells and heroes
    - Implementation of color cycling to animate water/lava surfaces, adventure map objects and units
    - Refining UI including scaling, responsiveness, alignment and content (both text and sprites)
    - Implementation of missing spell effects such as Lightning, Armageddon, Death Wave as well as fixing many others
    - Update render engine and added SDL 2 optimizations; better fullscreen and high resolution support
    - Numerous game logic fixes including combat, spells, map, AI and pathfinding
    - Improvement of music support and sound mapping, updated MIDI converter
    - Add SMK video support
    - Over 200 bugs fixed since 0.7 release

The original fheroes2 project was dead for many years while this project is significantly new (~11 months). However, despite of the short period of time the team made a vast amount of work trying to put the project to the right direction.

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The project's growing and there's a lot of work to be done, so it needs your support as players as well as some help from development and design/modding side! We're out of designers for now but we need them in order to at least fix problems with the original game graphics.

We also on a brainstorming stage for the future add-on once we fully replicate the game.

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Free Heroes of Might and Magic II Resurrection 0.8.1 version

Postby sirDranik » Sep 4 2020, 17:17

Dear players and fans of Heroes of Might and Magic II.

We're pleased to announce a new release of fheroes2 - 0.8.1 version. We decided to make an intermediate version as we made a huge rework on graphics: we developed a new rendering engine which fixes all major graphical issues such as incorrect Air Elemental or Resurrection Spell drawings, shadows and fonts.

0.8 version (before):
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0.8.1 version (now):
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0.8 version (before):
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0.8.1 version (now):
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We also fixed more than 50 bugs for this release. :up:

We hope that you'd enjoy it! :)
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Re: Free Heroes of Might and Magic II Resurrection

Postby Pol » Sep 4 2020, 20:02

Congratulations sirDranik!

The second is whimsical, it's only lighter? :?:
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Re: Free Heroes of Might and Magic II Resurrection

Postby sirDranik » Sep 5 2020, 5:08

If you refer to the second pair of screenshots of map then shadows might have become lighter but not only. It depends on ground plus shadows are not that sharp as in the original game: a gradual change of shadow, more precisely. Plus some defect of ground objects are fixed too (look at top-left corner of the image, there are 3 stones in snow. In 0.8 you can notice few independant dark pixels below one of the stone while 0.8.1 doesn't have such defects). Overall 0.8.1 makes tiny adjustements in drawings, which you can't notice immediately but they make overall game look nicer.
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