Again and again, you miss the point completely.
I understand perfectly why NWC wanted the Forge, and should have put it in there. All I've argued in this thread is that it would have shocked and alienated HoMM fans to include the Forge without dropping any hints as to how their inclusion makes sense in any of the earlier HoMM games.
I have no doubt that they'd have eased players into the Forge with nice long text events packed with references to MM7's plot,
Yes, and Margaret Weis could write a Dragonlance book tomorrow in which the evil deity Takhisis decides to travel to the Prime Material Plane from the Abyss in a giant tunneling machine, along with lots of flavor text about how the Abyss is really an underground facility and not another dimension. Dragonlance readers would be horrified nonetheless, as Margaret would be radically altering everyone's understanding of the backstory out of the blue. Maybe the giant tunneling machine was well-warned against beforehand inside the book, but nothing beforehand have any sign that anything of the sort belongs in the series (with the exception of crude Gnomish machinery).
So, while M&M players would have been well prepared for the Forge, for exclusive HoMM players, it would have been as if Margaret Weis wrote the aforementioned book.
...Not quite. There was no reason whatsoever to have Cyborgs as a playable race in MM2. There were plenty of reasons to include a Forge faction in AB.
That is 100% irrelevant. All analogies and metaphors are wrong if you look at the wrong aspects*. According to a line in Shakespeare, Juliet is the sun. According to you, that would mean there was a giant ball of hot gas very close to Romeo. I wonder why he wasn't fried?
I meant that the kind of shock at seeing the Forge town would have been the same as in the aforementioned alternate history of the M&M series. It would have been a "Where the heck did that come from? Is this the same game series?" rather than a "Woah...there's an unforeseen twist."
*Unless is reflective. Statements like "Juliet is like Juliet" are (worthless) exceptions.