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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Free Heroes of Might and Magic II Resurrection 0.8.2 version

Postby sirDranik » Oct 6 2020, 10:53

Greeting, players and fans of Heroes of Might and Magic II!

We're happy to announce a fresh release of fheroes2 - 0.8.2 version . This is an intermediate release towards 0.9 version which contains some not very noticeable but very important changes: we finally released a brand new AI, polished many-many UI issues, change the structure of maps, added deeper support of campaign and made user friendly interface for external music which is present in full version of the game. Positive moral

Now movement of heroes of the map is delightfully smooth as in the original game. Also take a look of fixed UI elements in the battle (take a look at extra surrounding shadows of monsters and truncated shadow of Phoenix in 0.8.1 version):

0.8.1:
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0.8.2:
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We also fixed more than 100 bugs for this release.

We hope that you'd like our project even more!

Fheroes2 team

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Re: Free Heroes of Might and Magic II Resurrection

Postby sirDranik » Nov 5 2020, 8:17

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

We're excited to announce a new release of fheroes2 - 0.8.3 version. This is an intermediate release just before 0.9 version with many interesting changes.
One of them is that AI became even smarter: it properly manipulates castle construction, monster and hero recruitment, creates a complex and optimized routes over map to visit needed objects, fights monsters and collect items on the way.
Also we improved rendering speed of the world map by more than 20%, fixed drawings in castles (the original game draws them improperly), fixed well-known War Troll's stone and Cavalry sprites (also incorrect in the original game) and made many other changes.
Have a look at screenshots from the original game and our project (notice how Tavern or Hut for example are rendered).
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As usual we also fixed more than 100 bugs for this release.
We hope, you like the changes in fheroes2 made the past months!

fHeroes2 team.

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Re: Free Heroes of Might and Magic II Resurrection

Postby sirDranik » Dec 24 2020, 8:03

Good day/evening/morning, fans of Heroes of Might and Magic 2!

We're very excited to reveal a new release of fheroes2 - 0.8.4 version just before Christmas and New Year holidays! The team decided to split 0.9 release and give you an opportunity to enjoy the better game once we polish few more things before major 0.9 release. For this release we made main focus on game's logic and mechanics and fixed many places in the game: scrollbars, unit stack separation by keyboard, UI dialog elements and interaction with objects on maps. More importantly, we improve game's performance on low-profile devices and fixed the issue with full screen for SDL 2 builds. As usual here is a set of screenshots for visual changes of the game:
- Freeman's Foundry (notice that the original game does not show the third monster)
0.8.3 version (before):
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0.8.4 version (now):
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- Monster's small icons (the original game has the same defects as before 0.8.4)
0.8.3 version (before):
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0.8.4 version (now):
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We also fixed over 100 bugs for this release.

Enjoy upcoming holidays and the game!

fHeroes2 team

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Re: Free Heroes of Might and Magic II Resurrection

Postby cjleeagain » Dec 24 2020, 15:18

This is truly a labor of love. I don't know about the new AI, but most of the changes are so tiny that they are really about perfect polish. For example, I have played H2 for years and never even noticed that the phoenix's shadow was wrong.

I really wish someone could improve H7's AI. H2 is lovely, but it is really too cartoony and reminiscent of childhood.

Since this is a forum about a fantasy game, has anyone here ever read Grimms' Fairy Tales in their original? When I read these as an adult, it turns out that these kids' tales are actually quite grim and dark. It just forever demolished my idea of fairy tales.

I look back at H2 and it is all brightness and cutesy illustrations. No gory deaths. I feel nostalgia for that age of innocence, but also a sense of distance. I loved H2, but can't go back there anymore.

Sir Dranik and fHeroes2 team, I wish you all the best.

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Re: Free Heroes of Might and Magic II Resurrection

Postby sirDranik » Dec 24 2020, 19:36

Thank you for this kind words!
We're working on this project every day. And we want this game shine. That's why we're trying to fix every pixel of this game. :) Also we're working on AI, so in future you won't be upset by easy wins against enemies ;)
Each part of HoMM series is nice and bring it's own feelings to a player. So we want players feel maximum possible, this game can bring.


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