It is a letter (As a FAQ) written by Greg Fulton, designer HoMM and NWC member, right afret decision about remove Forge from AB expansion. No matter parts (about present form of AB expansion, forum 3DO and Astral Wizards site) was cutted off. This letter in ogiginal form was on Astral Wizads site, but unfortunalety its not availble from long time.
Q - Question GF - Greg Fulton
Q: WAS THE FORGE A BAD IDEA?
GF: We will never know.
Q: WILL THE FORGE RETURN?
GF: Perhaps, but not in its current form.
Q: IS THE TITLE 'ARMAGEDDON'S BLADE' CHANGING?
GF: No, but the story line is.
Q: HOW FAR ALONG WAS THE FORGE TOWN?
GF: A first draft of the town screen was finished and awaiting revision. We also had a first draft of each creature and its upgrade and were proceeding with revisions. All but one map for the campaign was finished.
Q: WHAT WAS THE STORY LINE?
GF: Armageddon's Blade followed a story line set up in the forthcoming Might and Magic 7. In the M&M7 story, Archibald's necromantic Advisors build a machine capable of creating high weaponry. In the Armageddon's Blade campaign, these Advisors build Forge towns and set out to destroy Erathia. Catherine's only hope to stop these hi-tech horrors is to obtain the fabled 'Armageddon's Blade'. In the end, Catherine finds Armageddon's Blade and destroys all remnants of the Forge towns, concluding the Might and Magic 7 story line.
Q: WHY DID YOU PULL THE FORGE?
GF: Reason One: As much as I thought the actions of many fans showed a lack of vision and an inherent distrust for a company who have given them hundreds of hours of quality gameplay, I still didn't want to fight our fans. Reason Two: There wasn't enough pro-Forge activity.
Q: DO YOU THINK 50% OF THE HEROES FANS WERE AGAINST THE FORGE?
GF: No. Total, the number of emails we received asking to remove the Forge were less than 100. I doubt 3DO received much more. As a series, Heroes has sold over 750,000 copies world wide. I would be surprised if more than 5% of the audience would have 'boycotted' the product. However, I still felt 5% was too high.
Q: DID THE NETHER GOD'S POLL AFFECT YOUR DECISION?
GF: No. The Nether God's poll was bogus. I voted for all three options three separate times with a dynamic IP.
Q: WE DON'T LIKE THE ELEMENTAL TOWN.
GF: "You'll get the elemental town, and you'll like it."
Q: DOES SCIENCE FICTION BELONG IN HEROES?
GF: Yes. Science fiction is the foundation of the Might and Magic universe. It is the reason the Might and Magic universe exists. At its core, the Might and Magic is about advanced civilizations who have descend into barbarism. If you disagree, your reasoning is emotional, not logical. Many people forget the Inferno is not populated by demons. It's populated by aliens who look like demons. If I told you the origin of the Arch Angels I'm sure many of you would have a heart attack.
Q: DO SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY MIX?
GF: In the Might and Magic universe they do.
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