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.