Posted by Storm-Giant at 18:09, 22 Sep 2014:
Heroes Community Exclusive Q&A, New DoC Expansion!
One month ago you had the opportunity to voice your questions about Heroes VII, and today we've received Ubisoft answers to some of them! This Q&A covers several hot topics like Skill system, Warfare units, Map Editor, Luck/Morale system and more! Big props to Elvin for his work as an AoH representative! :)
But the action doesn't stop here! Less than four days remain for the Sylvan Lineup vote, and during the past week Ubisoft released a couple of articles to give us a more clear idea of how each creature will look: Creatures of Irollan, part 1 and part 2. A reminder that you can change your vote at any time during the voting process.
Finally, on a non-H7 related news, a new expansion has been announced for Duel of Champions (DoC): Sins of Betrayal. Set for an October release, it will add 100 new cards and 6 heroes to the game. Its campaign will take place around Heroes 6 timeframe, featuring the fall of the Griffin family. The expansion will also touch several features of the game, like second-player advantage, replay manager and card rebalancing.
Posted by Storm-Giant at 18:24, 12 Sep 2014:
Sylvan Elected as the Fifth Faction, Line-up Vote Time!
Taking the lead since day 1 and never giving Fortress a chance, Sylvan has become the Fifth Faction of Heroes 7, elected by Might & Magic fans with a dominating 66% of the votes. No stop here, as we already have a new voting process in progress: Sylvan possible lineups! The three options mix classic creatures with new ones, offering a more defensive, balanced and offensive approach. Since the vote ends in 2 weeks, drop your thoughts on this thread while you make up your mind!
Heroes 7 website also got two additional updates: Tales of the Ten Years War, part 2 was released, the story continues after Maeve’s death. Additionally, we got the first Screenshot of the Day, which shows a new battlefield, and both Gargoyles & Golems models in game. Expect more in the future.
Finally, Elvin has started a series of polls which may or not have any effect on the development of H7 but they should give a clearer picture of what the majority of fans favours and what it would rather avoid. The first poll is focused on the Magic System, so don’t hesitate to vote & comment in order to make your voice heard!
Posted by Storm-Giant at 22:50, 3 Sep 2014:
Rob King & Paul Romero Interview!
We already knew Rob King & Paul Anthony Romero would be in charge of Might & Magic: Heroes 7 music, but Ubisoft decided to not only officially confirm their presence but also delight us with a 10 question interview!
In the interview the magic duo speak about past, present and future of Heroes music, as well as working again with mezzo-soprano Karin Mushegain, the recording process and more! They also revealed Haven faction theme, named Hope for Green Falls, and announced a new Might & Magic: Heroes concert in Poland, with Paul taking care of the piano. We’ll let you guys know the date as soon as it’s revealed.
That isn’t the end of Heroes 7 news, as a new entry was published last week on H7 site: Tales of the Ten Years War, part 1. In this series of blog entries, they’ll cover the background story up to where Heroes VII campaign starts. Expect more in the upcoming weeks!
Finally, a reminder that the Sylvan vs Fortress voting ends in 8 days, so make sure to submit your vote.
Posted by Storm-Giant at 20:58, 25 Aug 2014:
Heroes 7 Forum Set Up, Gamescom'14 Roundup!
The dust is settled, Gamescom 2014 came to an end, and we have the first batch of information about Might & Magic: Heroes VII!
First of all, our HC Heroes 7 forum has been set up! All the information of latest entry of the Heroes series can be found across the several sticked threads, as well as a lot of hot discussions. From the AoH team we give a huge welcome to all the new registered users! :)
Now, here are some of the most significant news about H7. Remember that we keep all relevant updates on the news thread:
- Limbic Entertainment is the developer choice for Heroes 7. They aren't new to the M&M franchise, having worked previously on Heroes 6 patching process, and fully developing Might & Magic X: Legacy. A group of Ubisoft employees is also helping Limbic on the production of H7.
- The Shadow Council is Limbic/Ubisoft approach to give the fans an opportunity to be part of the development of the game. Us (fans) we'll be able to vote on certain features of the game, as well as interacting with devs and more! You can read more about it here.
- H7 will feature six factions on release: Haven, Necropolis, Academy, Stronghold and two voted by the community. Right now the vote of the fifth faction is taking place, between Sylvan and Fortress!
- It is confirmed that both Paul Anthony Romero and Rob King will work on H7 music, as Romero himself confirmed on Facebook.
- We have the first gameplay video, courtesy of IGN. The video is focused on the demo map presented at Gamescom, and it showcases some of the strengths of Unreal Engine 3 (H7 engine), like altering the adventure map during the game.
- We already have the first two Q&A, both with important revelations. The first one was part of H7 press kit, while the second one was carried out by Celestial Heavens. Worth their read, I promise!
Posted by Storm-Giant at 01:39, 8 Aug 2014:
Might & Magic Announcement At Gamescom 2014?
Gamescom has been the selected venue to host Might & Magic announcements in the past (Heroes 6, Heroes Online, Raiders), and it seems this year Ubisoft will have something big to reveal. Yesterday we discovered a special page in the Might & Magic website, with a quote from the Griffin storyline and a counter which ends on the thirteen of this month at 12:00 a.m. CEST. That’s the first day of Gamescom 2014!
The quote itself was presented earlier this week and refers to the 4th Eclipse, when the Falcon Empire falls and the Griffin duchy rises to power. That looks to be the setting for the next presumed Might & Magic game, 300 years after Heroes VI and 100 before Heroes V.
Gamescom will take place on August13-17, so stay tuned!
Posted by Storm-Giant at 17:02, 11 Jul 2014:
HotA 1.3.3, VCMI 0.96 and more!
The fan-made addon for Heroes 3, Horn of the Abyss has received its third major patch since the release of the 1.3 version. Alongside with the usual bug fixes and some balance changes, this patch adds more content to the game: 5/2 new One/Two Way Monoliths, the Cannon Yard, an underground lava battlefield, improved graphics for Hydra Pond and Dragon Cave, as well as correcting many SoD graphical flaws & inconsistencies. You can read the extensive changelog, as well as download the patch from here.
VCMI, the project that aims to recreate the entire H3 engine, is also happy to announce the release of the 0.96 version. The addition of spell modding opens more possibilities, and the Random Map Generator was also improved. While not complete yet, we can expect more improvements in the upcoming versions. In the meantime, you can find the 0.96 changelog and download link in the official page.
To our surprise, Salamandre has apparently taken a small break from his retirement and shared several miscellaneous MODs that’ll make life of ERA (the platform that continues the work of Wake of Gods addon) users easier. We are very happy to see him again! :)
On Duel of Champions front, all Griffin Bane cards have been unveiled (available on Duel of Champions website), and the expansion was released this week.
Posted by Storm-Giant at 01:13, 29 Jun 2014:
M&M X Development Ends, New DoC Expansion: Griffin Bane
The development cycle of Might & Magic X: Legacy has come to an end. After the release of the first (and only) Downloadable Content Pack (DLC) back in March, a big silence followed until this announcement which might have caught off guard some fans waiting for more improvements to the game. Either way, in the article it is mentioned that Limbic “is now switching to exciting new projects. [...] you will hear about Might & Magic again soon.“. With Gamescom taking place this August, I would stay tuned!
Meanwhile Duel of Champions (DoC) team have already announced the sixth expansion for the game, Griffin Bane. To be released around mid-July
, this expansion will feature 100 new cards to complement with the Base Set 2, which was released earlier in March to reset the Meta of the game and offer a fresh start. You can read the latest updates on our discussion thread. Additionally Kurt McClung, lead writer of the M&M franchise, talked about the story this second season of DoC addons covers. If you are interested in Ashan lore, you can read it right here.
Posted by Storm-Giant at 01:56, 19 Apr 2014:
New M&M X: DLC, New DoC Expansion, HOMM3 Anniversary
The first Downloadable Content Pack (DLC) for Might & Magic X: Legacy has been released, together with the second official patch, and a delayed MAC version on Steam. This DLC adds a new quest line, 2 new dungeons and several creatures from Haven faction; and it's available on both Uplay and Steam.
The Online Card Game set on Ashan universe, Duel of Champions, saw the release of both Heart of Nightmares expansion and Base Set 2. Among other things, this fifth expansion features a new game interface, new and improved ranking & matchmaking system, unveils more sets of the campaign and lots of balance changes thanks to the aforementioned Base Set 2. The introduction of the standard format has given birth to a more diverse meta, a welcomed change by the players. If you want to know more about this Free-to-Play game in its current iteration, join the forum thread.
Last but not least, Heroes of Might & Magic III: the Restoration of Erathia reached its fifteen birthday, and Ubisoft decided to celebrate this remarkable date. Interviews to Heroes 3 developers David Mullich and Chris Vanover -Sir Christian- can be found here, where they talk about the development of H3. A gallery with sketches and art concepts from George Almond, illustrator of H3, can be found of the official Might & Magic Facebook. Let me wish a happy birthday to Heroes 3!
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