Might and Magic Heroes VI is currently kind of incredibly broken, according to justifiably angry players on the official Ubisoft forum, the game's Steam forum, and the Heroes Community forum. The massive, massive list of problems includes launching issues, missing content, crashes, freezes and invalid keys - both the base game and its recent Shades of Darkness expansion appear to have collapsed like a DRM-riddled souffle. Ubisoft haven't been terribly helpful over the weekend, but they recently updated to say that they are "working to correct" players who are still affected by the mess, pointing out that "none of your content is lost". So that's something.
Might and Magic Heroes VI
Until we as a species decide whether Ubisoft's turn-based strategy RPG series features an 'and' or an ampersand, there will always be war - grim grammatical war of the highest order. But at least we've benefited with six games and a gajillion expansions' worth of (mostly) fun Mighting and/& Magicking - and now there's even more to sink our teeth into. Shades of Darkness is a standalone expansion to Might and Magic Heroes VI that features "15 new units and 20 hours of gameplay", in a story set 100 years after the events of the last game. It's also out now (tomorrow in the UK), in addition to a Complete Edition of Heroes VI bundling the whole lot.
Ubisoft are making a big push into free-to-play browser based games, and they're using some classic franchises to do it. They're publishing THREE new games, and we've taken a look at all of them. Check out our previews of Silent Hunter Online, Anno Online and Heroes of Might and Magic Online for the first details.
We sent Dan out to have a chat with Benedikt Grindel, director of live operations at the developer behind all three games, Blue Byte. Grindel suggests that the move is about using the power of a familiar brand to find fresh fans, and argues that the move online doesn't necessarily spell the end for these series' much loved offline iterations.
Ubisoft are having a bit of a hardware reshuffle next week, according to Eurogamer, which means major disruption to their DRM servers.
Games that use Ubisoft's always-online DRM system ping these constantly to reassure the publishers that you're not a pirate. That means that next week's switchover will render Tom Clancy's HAWX 2, Might & Magic: Heroes 6 and The Settlers 7 unplayable for an unknown period of time. The servers are set to go down on February 7. Ubisoft don't say when they'll be back up again.
If you love Heroes of Might & Magic, you’re probably aware that you’re part of a small but passionate niche. The good news for you is that Black Hole are catering beautifully to you – as you’d expect, perhaps, from the level of interaction they had with the community during development.
The changes to the classic turn-based strategy game are pervasive. They’ve got rid of that peasant whose icon looked so bloody gormless you kind of wanted them to die, for starters. There are slightly fewer resources, making the map less fussy. And there’s a new faction, in the form of the Eastern-flavoured water creatures of the Sanctuary.
That's all she wrote ladies and gentlemen, the fat lady has sung. I'm closing the curtain on two weeks of massive giveaways and declaring the winners of all four of our currently running competitions.
So if you entered into the competitions for the Cyborg Rat, the Steelseries keyboards, Battlefield 3 or the Might and Magic figure, check inside to see if you've been successful.
A massive parcel arrived at PC game HQ recently. What could it contain? Why only a glorious angel man figure from Might and Magic Heroes VI! (It's the one on the left) This lovingly modelled figurine of the Archangel Micheal will make the perfect nerdy centrepiece for your mantle. You can see a little bit more about it on the Might and Magic Heroes VI website.
Would you like to win this magnificent statue readers? Check inside for details of how to win.
This CGI trailer for Might and Magic Heroes 6, the full version of the teaser we brought you earlier, is really rather swish. The gravelly voiced protagonist explains that his father was murdered by his sister, which for some reason let loose a tide of green glowing undead things lead by a scary looking spider lady. Fortunately our hero is awesome at swords, so he cuts them into little skeleton bits.
Might and Magic Heroes 6 will be released on October 13th.
This teaser for Might and Magic Heroes VI shows an unseen enemy bursting through the gates of a heavily armoured castle to do battle with the silver-clad hero within. What it doesn't show is the part just after, when all the baddies organise themselves into a grid and take it in turns to slowly attack the castle's defenders. The name has been re-jigged, but Heroes VI is set to provide a reassuringly familiar tale on the classic Heroes of Might and Magic formula when it's released on October 13. We can expect plenty more from Might and Magic Heroes VI at Gamescom next week.
Might and Magic Heroes VI is a turn based strategy set 400 years before the previous installment. Ubisoft have winged a trailer at us - no word yet on what sort of DRM it'll have, though. Oh, don't worry about it. Have some dead kings, violins, and big mad burny-winged women crying golden tears to cheer you up. Screens are below too.