Might & Magic Heroes VI Hitting The PC In 2011

Posted by BradNicholson (812 posts) -

Fans are helping to shape the next Might & Magic title, Might & Magic Heroes VI, according to a recent Ubisoft press release.

But the things fans will be "aiding"  developer Black Hole Entertainment with won't be within the realm of fresh concepts or ideas. Publisher Ubisoft is stressing that Might & Magic Heroes VI will be a return to the usual. The sixth title will retain the series' traditional mix of turn-based and RPG mechanics that will have players recruiting and leveling troops, as well as collecting resources, battling, and erecting cities. A new reputation system is being created, however.
 


Ubisoft calls this design approach "remastering," which is a process that I've always associated with sexing up audio originally recorded on vinyl. Regardless, Black Hole isn't going at development alone. Somehow, the Armies of Exigo developer is working "in close partnership with the game's fans."

Might & Magic Heroes VI kicks off 400 years before Might & Magic Heroes V and revolves around a story in which an Archangel comes back to life right before a demonic invasion. As a member of the Griffin Dukes, players will be tasked with putting a stop to his warring. Interestingly, individual outcomes may differ: the game will have some sort of branching plot structure. It will also have an in-game system that allows players to post "content" straight to the Might & Magic Heroes VI community.
 


Expect Might & Magic Heroes VI, a PC-exclusive title, at some point in 2011. The game's first trailer is just below.  
  
#1 Posted by BradNicholson (812 posts) -

Fans are helping to shape the next Might & Magic title, Might & Magic Heroes VI, according to a recent Ubisoft press release.

But the things fans will be "aiding"  developer Black Hole Entertainment with won't be within the realm of fresh concepts or ideas. Publisher Ubisoft is stressing that Might & Magic Heroes VI will be a return to the usual. The sixth title will retain the series' traditional mix of turn-based and RPG mechanics that will have players recruiting and leveling troops, as well as collecting resources, battling, and erecting cities. A new reputation system is being created, however.
 


Ubisoft calls this design approach "remastering," which is a process that I've always associated with sexing up audio originally recorded on vinyl. Regardless, Black Hole isn't going at development alone. Somehow, the Armies of Exigo developer is working "in close partnership with the game's fans."

Might & Magic Heroes VI kicks off 400 years before Might & Magic Heroes V and revolves around a story in which an Archangel comes back to life right before a demonic invasion. As a member of the Griffin Dukes, players will be tasked with putting a stop to his warring. Interestingly, individual outcomes may differ: the game will have some sort of branching plot structure. It will also have an in-game system that allows players to post "content" straight to the Might & Magic Heroes VI community.
 


Expect Might & Magic Heroes VI, a PC-exclusive title, at some point in 2011. The game's first trailer is just below.  
  
#2 Edited by Grissefar (2842 posts) -

The last fun HOMM was III. Maybe time to develop for consoles too?
 
Two firsts in one minute. That's right.

#3 Posted by Jethuty (1023 posts) -

Eh, M and M isnt the same anymore

#4 Edited by HarlequinRiot (1098 posts) -

So it is Heroes of Might and Magic. Good to hear.
 
Woah, didn't even notice the "heroes" at the end of the title. That's unnecessary.

#5 Posted by Aas (603 posts) -

"Might and Magic" and "Heroes of Might and Magic" are different series. Right?

#6 Posted by HellRaiser91 (19 posts) -

Yes,the original M&M series has no relation to the Heroes franchise

#7 Posted by Myrmidon (547 posts) -

God damnit, I wanted a new RPG. But also awesome, as I love Heroes too.

#8 Posted by CaptainObvious (2995 posts) -

Didn't they say that they are done with Heroes at some point? Great news nonetheless, I'm excited.

#9 Posted by valentin_rad (85 posts) -

Didn't like the story in V and the units were a little too cartoony for my tastes. It's nice that they went for a slightly more realistic approach, can't wait for this to come out!

#10 Posted by Tiwi (1401 posts) -
@CaptainObvious said:
" Didn't they say that they are done with Heroes at some point? Great news nonetheless, I'm excited. "
yeah they did,heros V was supposed to be the last one. sadly the new one will never surpass the third installment, so why even bother...
#11 Posted by Bolthor (86 posts) -

Great news, Heroes of Might and Magic III is one of my all-time favorites.

#12 Posted by PenguinDust (12455 posts) -

Awesome.  It's a great time to be a PC gamer again.

#13 Posted by Ravenlock (96 posts) -

"Might & Magic Heroes VI kicks off 400 years before Might & Magic Heroes V" ...Really? Their rebranding of the series requires you to change the name of the previous games, too? :-p

#14 Posted by NoXious (1338 posts) -

Weird name, Heroes of Might and Magic vs Might and Magic Heroes...
But I'm glad the game stays the same! I can't wait for this new release.

#15 Posted by ArbitraryWater (11502 posts) -
@Aas said:
" "Might and Magic" and "Heroes of Might and Magic" are different series. Right? "
Heroes is the turn based strategy spinoff to Might and Magic's first person party based RPG. Of course, they haven't made a real Might and Magic RPG since 2002, and that was when New World Computing still owned the franchise.  
 
However, I have to say that this rebranding effort is pretty fucking stupid. Sure, I guess it helps ubisoft distinguish its games from NWC's, but really it sounds pretty lame putting Might and Magic first instead of the other way around. As for what I think about this? Despite all the venom it gets from the (jaded and bitter) Might and Magic community, Heroes V was a worthy successor to the franchise. I still care enough to see how this one ends up.  
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#16 Edited by august (3827 posts) -

But the things fans will be "aiding"  developer Black Hole Entertainment with won't be within the realm of fresh concepts or ideas.


I must have accidentally pointed my browser to kotaku.com.
 
EDIT: My bad, the Kotaku article is actually way better than this one.

#17 Posted by Maxszy (2064 posts) -

Interesting. The last heroes I absolutely enjoyed was HOMM3. In fact, its one of my favorite games of all time. I can still play it for hours from time to time. This looks promising though, I will definitely be keeping an eye on it.

#18 Posted by JackiJinx (3089 posts) -

I've never really cared about the stories in the MM games. I've always done it for the weird player created scenarios. That, and pitting hundreds of griffin against X enemy is always fun.

#19 Posted by Ignor (2372 posts) -

Blasted Ashan!

#20 Posted by tuksu (66 posts) -

I'm huge fan of HOMM series, so happy that this is coming :) but no gameplay footage, that's sad.

#21 Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw (6107 posts) -

Looking forward to this, but I still wouldn't mind a return or a reboot of the Might and Magic original series of games with the same created party structure and basic gameplay.  Eh, I can wish, right?

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#22 Posted by Tordah (2471 posts) -

I don't know if I should have high hopes for this or not since I skipped Heroes 5. I absolutely love the earlier games though so I hope they can recapture some of that magic!

#23 Posted by JoshLarson (68 posts) -

I'm not a fan of putting the "Heroes" monicker at the end of Might and Magic, however I am excited to be getting another entry into this series. Heroes 2 and 3 were fantastic, never played 4 (own it though), 5 was pretty but it had absolutely broken online play (Ubisoft's specialty it seems). Civ 5 and Heroes 6 seem to be holding the torch for good turn-based strategy games (still hoping for a Master of Orion 4 from whoever owns the Microprose brand).
#24 Posted by Julchief (28 posts) -

F this, go make Heroes 3 again...

#25 Posted by crusader8463 (14415 posts) -

Been dieing for a good PC TBRPG for some time now, so hopefully this will be the one to do it. I just hope these idiots don't destroy the game by forcing that DRM shit of theirs on it.

#26 Posted by Tennmuerti (8015 posts) -

It's great to know that a new HOMM is in the works but the change in name is fucking retarded.

#27 Posted by Shaka999 (456 posts) -

I haven't played one of these games in ages... I wish I had a PC to jump on :/

#28 Posted by FelixCulpa (94 posts) -

Tis' awesome that a 6th finally coming.

#29 Posted by AngryMrWiggles (15 posts) -

Not sure if I want.....

#30 Posted by murse2008 (240 posts) -

Might and Magic Heroes VI? Why stick the VI on there if you are going to change the front part of the name? It as if they are so dead set on brand recognition that they are willing to make the name sound like gibberish as long as that gibberish contains a known name (or some permutation thereof) and any digit greater than 1 in there (because god forbid an original IP).  
 
Here are some other ideas then: Solid Metal Gear V, Evil Resident VI, Age of Dragons 2 (that way you get brand recognition for both Age of Empires and Dragon Age), Super New Mario Galaxy What the fuck brothers 12. 

#31 Posted by Underwhelmed (44 posts) -
@ArbitraryWater said:
" @Aas said:
" "Might and Magic" and "Heroes of Might and Magic" are different series. Right? "
 As for what I think about this? Despite all the venom it gets from the (jaded and bitter) Might and Magic community, Heroes V was a worthy successor to the franchise. I still care enough to see how this one ends up.   "
5's biggest problem was that the AI was horrible. Unforgivably horrible, and I still cannot fathom how a turn based strategy game that was primarily unaltered from HOMM3 (which ran like a charm, had more complex maps and had 6+ AI opponents' turns requiring less than 15 seconds total for all 6 even back in 2000) had AI turns on most maps taking upwards of several minutes to complete. Never mind that the random map generator included with the expansions often creates unpassable maps, and would often have AI opponents turtled up in their starting city 40 or 50 rounds into the game. I actually just fired this up earlier today (a pure coincidence) and was saddened to see that even on a machine many years more advanced than the "recommended" system at the time of publication, I still had to sit and wait forever during AI turns on maps with multiple AI opponents. 
 
The sad thing  though, is that I wanted to like this game more than number 3. I liked that each faction now had its own city gimmick, and that more of the troops had special abilities making the units of different races play very differently from one another. I loved seeing the heroes participating in battle, and it actually made the warrior heroes as cool as the wizards (the extra attack and defense bonuses always made them as effective, but it was nice to have a targeted ability) I also liked the art style over the original (which always reminded me of amateur heavy metal album cover imitation art). It just wasn't as good or nearly as much fun as 3 though. Hopefully 6 gets it right again.
#32 Posted by MuttersomeTaxicab (668 posts) -

Kinda curious about this. I still boot up HoMM III from time to time. Great fucking game. 
 
That said, I kinda feel like the revamps of King's Bounty over the past couple years covered more ground than HoMM V did. I will be utterly bummed out if I can't marry a zombie in HoMM VI.
#33 Posted by TekZero (2665 posts) -

Ok. I'm in

#34 Posted by Cheesetruncheon (24 posts) -

Might and Magic: Heroes VI   
ubisoft, colons go along way.
 
but yes, get back to me when you show me a decent hot seating function, with more than 2 or 3 maps. until then me and my little bro will be playing 3.

#35 Posted by Wandrecanada (402 posts) -

I have a funny feeling King's Bounty series will still be a better game than any of the Heroes of Might and Magic series.  Perhaps they figured the popularity of the new King's Bounty games are license to flood the market with more?

#36 Posted by xtremetennis (3 posts) -

Hopefully it will be something besides a carbon copy of HM&M 3 like HM&M 5 was...

#37 Posted by BadJackDaniels (24 posts) -

Very nice...
#38 Posted by valrog (3671 posts) -

I am really excited for it.

#39 Posted by c1337us (5751 posts) -

Not so interested in this one.

#40 Posted by ryanwho (12082 posts) -
@Aas said:
" "Might and Magic" and "Heroes of Might and Magic" are different series. Right? "
Yes. Brad the fuckup gafs again.
#41 Posted by Astrophyle (115 posts) -

I played Heroes 1 when it came out, a little of 3, and plenty of the last one, Heroes 5, and I liked each one, even though they never changed a whole lot from one to the next.  I like this kind of turn-based strategy, so I'm looking forward to another in the series.  I'm just sad that the Might and Magic franchise took a turn for the worse several years ago.  MM2 and MM3 are a couple of my all-time favorite RPGs.

#42 Posted by Cold_Wolven (2214 posts) -

Loved Heroes 3 as a kid so if this new one is anything like Heroes 3 then I will definately purchase. Only watched my friend play Heroes 5 and it didn't look good so here's hoping it's not like that.

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