- by Antalyan
Almost two long years have passed since the official end of H7 development, which makes the situation around it clear: There is no chance we would get any more add-ons... in the official way at least.
Since that critical moment, we've been working on our Wryn Pendragon: Umbramancer Project. Finally, here comes the first Open BETA version, launched on August 24th.
What can you be eagerly anticipating every single moment during the upcoming three weeks before that Day D comes?
- Brand new Xel faction with its own town, creatures and heroes
- Over 30 new creatures including the return of powerful dreaded bosses
- Special game mechanics: Alchemy skill enabling you to create your own potions
- Specially developed Dynamic Weather System, making every combat different and challenging
- Three singleplayer campaigns, set in a brand new world Mondalar
Find out more information about the project on its own web: Project website
You can read there the whole background story and explore all the details of new features, as well as the BETA itself!
You can also check the Forums here and ask your own questions if you have any :)
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- by Pol
Might&Magic: Elemental Guardians global launch date is over and game is now officially live. If you have mobile phone with either iOS or Android you can now make your own impression. Let to say, finally.
In the game you advance, collect soulstones and summon your creatures for 'epic' 5v5 players fights. There's in-game chat, to support your guild mates. The game is free but your are not limited to buy as much bonus packages as you wish, so you can become quite a spender, take it like a warning, you should not right now.
Preferably built for tablets, with use of 3D graphics, taking its toll from your phone performance.
The game doesn't bear any resemblance to classic Might&Magic titles and merely it's a new addition to their new Ubisoft family, like previous M&M: Showdown. If you remember our previous news, you now know that it took more than a year.
What is your impression and did you played the game? Come and tell us here!
The future of Might & Magic home page is here. | Followed by FB and FAQ section. | And even forums, manned by Ubi volunteers force, currently with quite a few bugs being reported here and there.
No, don't ask me how is with China market this time - I just don't happen to know. The developer is Ubisoft Barcelona. The another question, why they felt that is necessar to change a game icon from peaceful to grr, .tack!, seems to be to support the hype.
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- by orzie
The developers of Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Succession Wars modification project have just presented a trailer of the upcoming release.
You can find more information in the respective thread on Celestial Heavens Forums or on their official info sources:
Official Forums: https://heroes2.forumactif.com
Mod Database: http://www.moddb.com/mods/h3sw
Although the earlier builds of the mod had to be installed as ERA II portable mods, for the upcoming v0.8 release the developers tease a brand new "install-and-play" feature, which is going to make life much easier. The mod is also compatible with HDmod, even if it doesn't support HD+ for now
Currently, the mod is in the final stage of closed beta testing.
The Mod is tuned for Heroes II. like units, interface and spells. It also comes with its own map editor and converted maps, to illustrate, see the images below, click on "Read more..". As for the lineup, graphic of a new creatures is going to be yet even more improved.
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- by Pol
On heroes3wog.net they are organizing map contest. If you enjoy making Heroes3 maps, either classical H3C or HoTA, why not to participate in?
The contest will run till the end of May (31.5. at 12:00). All submitted maps must be in english langugage. Only S sized maps (36x36) are allowed and without underground.
After contest all received maps will be made available to download.
The best piece at the end. The first price is Ultimate General: Civil War + 1 random Steam game, the second is "Where The Water Taste Like Wine" + 1 random Steam game, the third is Ash of Gods: Redemption + 1 random Steam game, the fourth is Nantucket +1 random Steam game, the fifth is Spellforce 3 and the six is Myster Strategy Game. All of the prices were given by gaming portal GoG.com
Happy Map Making!
- by Pol
George Almond, Chief Concept Artist of Heroes of Might & Magic III. and IV. is looking for a new job, as full time game artist. And per chance you shouldn't miss an opportunity - ok, if you are a game developer, to hire him, of course - to see his portfolio from good old Might & Magic times on artstation.com.
I much hope to see his art again in some Fantasy or Cyber Punk game, now it's perfect period of time to make it happen.
You can follow the discussion here, thanks for the alert Marzhin!
If you are following "AI project for Heroes from Quantomas", you have a spark of hope that it may go public this year. Probably just for public testing. Nothing was promised but you can see that possibility between the lines.
This is a chance for Ubisoft, which shouldn't be missed. Just I would add, GoG would do that..
We are still awaiting continuation of "Interview with Tim Lang", there may be a bigger time delay, but all parts are already recorded, as confirmed by Super Goober here.
--Meanwhile I was writing this, the part two was released!--
In Poland there will be regular music festival "The Symphony of Heroes", where will be played three symphonic suites by NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra from Heroes II. - IV. by mere 80 musicians. Date to note in your calendar is 26.10.2018 15-17 hour. You can already reserve the tickets.
And one more return to the Poland, seems that Creature Quest is not the only with that concept, one man started "Heroless III. Comic Adventures". There's one strip yet.
Fingers crossed to see more!
- by Pol
There seems to be some resentment with current HoTA release 1.5.3 - as they removed some of random elements from the game. Which can be cool for MP but evidently it's upsetting for SP. This is, they changed Resistance. And it can now even prevent enemy hero from summoning. You can find the release here, compared to HoTA 1.5.2 this is a mainly bug fix release. Horn of the Abyss is Heroes III. fan AddOn.
Elemental Guardians - mobile game from Ubisoft, entered offical Beta testing phase. Anyone can register. Official release date is at May 31. It was a year ago when we first informed about it, so it undertake a long journey in the shadow of public eyes, the game is available for both platforms. Check all the latest news on their twitter.
Maybe that there is Kings Bounty II. on the horizont, 1C Company announced 4 new titles to be revealed on PAX EAST 2018, which runs April 5-8. PAX twitter again.
Ubisoft joined forces with Tencent and fend off the hostile take over by Vivendi. Tencent, that is China. A big player here. Official press release from Ubi follows here
We have a new contributor Karmakeld, welcome him aboard! Three times hooray!!! Or four, as he's Heroes IV map maker. :D
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- by Karmakeld
I'm pleased to announce that I'm working on a new OBJECT PACKAGE for H4.
Thanks to H4 editing program ResHelper made by Namerutan, as well as modding breakthrough on fellow fansite, heroescommunity, it is no longer limited to members of the Equilibris to add new objects to Heroes 4.
With the help of fellow modder Radmutant69, I'm planning on adding a large number of new objects. (Radmutant69 is kindly helping me import alot of the mirrored animations as H4 objects, as well as mirroring entrances and fixing flag positions).
A prioritized wishlist were posted here 4(!) years ago, and we're working our way through that as a start.
- 1st Creature Dwellings - In general I decided not to mirror south facing object.
- 2nd Quest Huts.
- 3rd All One-Way portal entrances and exits.
- 4th All Two-Way portal entrances and exits.
- 5th Miscellanious (Magi Windows, Tavern, Blacksmith, Sanctuary, Hexis' Garrison).
- 6th Treasure buildings/creature banks.
- 7th Power Up's (EXCEPT moral/luck boosters, alters and stat gems).
- 8th Ship Wrecks, Derelict Ship, Gargoyle columns edit:(demonic trees).
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- by Super Goober
As a long-time fan of the Might and Magic games, I'm delighted to announce that there will be a very special interview coming up on January 20th with one of the main level designers of Might and Magic VI; none other than Tim Lang!
He and I have known each other since 2012-2013, while I was still on Lich Labs, the team responsible for Children of the Void. Well now, he's agreed to come and be part of an interview called Developer Secrets!
This interview will focus on Might and Magic 6 in particular, as I feel it's one of the most iconic and intriguing games in the franchise. There are many secrets that Tim knows about the game itself, why things changed the way they did, and stuff most people didn't even know was a thing. In the interview, we'll be covering:
- Some of the game's strange peculiarities and features
- The NWC dungeon accessible via Dragonsands.
- The beta trailer of Might and Magic 6 and a couple of pre-release screenshots
- The secret identity of the shopkeepers and playable characters
- Life behind the scenes as a developer
- Exploring the possibility of pre-release content we as a community have yet to discover
- Unveiling the mystery behind the infamous joke title "Super Goober"
Not only do I have a bunch of questions for Tim, but I'm more than certain you guys here at CH do as well. We'd love to answer some of the questions you may have about the game! I will go through the list and pick up to 10 of them and read them out to Tim and have him answer them for you. The interview, once finished, will be posted on my Youtube channel (Sibernethy).
Remember, the interview will be held on Jan 20th, so be sure to post your questions if you have any!
Thanks for reading.
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- by Angelspit
There's an interview with Mike Winterbauer at Sega-16. The veteran artist is responsible for some iconic art of classic games of the 80s and 90s. He talks about his work for Might and Magic games:
Almost always I was given minimal information about the game I was supposed to do cover art for. One of the exceptions is the Might & Magic covers and the maps I did art work for, I was well-informed about the game and characters. Typically, I was handed screen shots and a synopsis of what the game was about. The games had a low-res quality about them, so the storyline and gameplay were integral to the success of the game. This enabled me to be very creative in coming up with a cool idea for the box cover.
The Might & Magic paintings I had a lot of time to paint. I worked on each of the pieces for well over a month, as there was plenty of time to paint each of them. They were all large paintings, being 30 by 40 inches on board, and I wanted each of them to be the very best I could make them. I hoped that the paintings would one day become valuable, and that is why I painted them larger, as larger collectible paintings can be highly sought after.You can see Mike's artwork on his Web site. His superb painting for the Land of Xeen map is certainly worth another look.