This is one of those posts that makes me feel just that much older. Ubi announced today that they will be releasing a new Might and Magic game. Heroes of Might & Magic
will be released early next year and will re-introduce gamers to a game that really helped pave the way for modern day RPG's (this is where I feel old, I remember playing parts of the first game when it was released way back in 1985). Ah, the memories. More info can be checked out in the press release or at the official website
. Ubi's got a good track record with resurrecting classic franchises (Prince of Persia comes to mind) so hopefully we'll get the same quality job on this game.
UBISOFT ANNOUNCES THE RETURN OF MIGHT & MAGIC
Powers into Heroic Fantasy Genre with New Videogame
SAN FRANCISCO â€“ March 30, 2005 â€“ Today Ubisoft, one of the worldâ€™s largest videogame publishers, announced the return of the legendary Might and MagicÂ® brand. Credited with the establishment of the heroic fantasy genre upon its first release in 1985 on PC, the brand encompasses several product lines including the mythical Heroes of Might & MagicÂ®. Ubisoft will bring fresh life to the franchise, while respecting its heritage, just as it successfully did with cult brands such as Prince of PersiaÂ® and MystÂ®.
The first game to reintroduce the Might & Magic universe to the public will be Heroes of Might and MagicÂ® V. Gamers will delve into a more mature, consistent fantasy universe that will appeal to fans of all fantasy genres. One of the most successful turn-based strategy* franchises, the Heroes of Might and MagicÂ® series, with its distinctive touch of RPG, is a benchmark in the Heroic Fantasy genre, with considerable commercial and critical acclaim. The new game will benefit from the features and characteristics that established the success of the initial saga while offering a wealth of innovations such as a highly immersive scenario, a variety of appealing factions, modern 3D graphics, a revolutionary tactical combat system, and a story-based campaign mode.
â€œUbisoft is pleased to bring back this exceptional series not just for Heroes fans, but to a larger audience that can appreciate the singular combination of a fantasy environment and strategic gameplay,â€ said Alain Corre, Ubisoftâ€™s Managing Director for Europe, Asia Pacific and South America. â€œOnline or offline, the breathtaking world to explore, the tactical decisions to make, and the opportunity to build a true Hero will entice players to become a part of the Might & Magic universe.â€
Developed by a seasoned team at Nival Interactive (Blitzkrieg, Silent Storm, Etherlords), the unique Might & MagicÂ® experience can be relived on PC by gamers worldwide in early 2006. For more information, visit www.mightandmagicgame.com.
*A game where players alternate turns with their opponents, as they would during a chess game, allowing the development of deeper adventure and combat strategies and giving more weight to each individual move and action than in real-time strategy.
Â© 2005 Ubisoft Entertainment. All Rights Reserved. Heroes, Might and Magic, Heroes of Might and Magic, Ubisoft and the Ubisoft logo are trademarks of Ubisoft Entertainment in the US and/or other countries. Developed by Nival Interactive.
Prince of Persia is a trademark of Jordan Mechner used under license by Ubisoft Entertainment. Dâ€™niâ„¢, CyanÂ® and MystÂ® are trademarks of Cyan, Inc. and Cyan Worlds, Inc. under license to Ubisoft Entertainment. Developed by Cyan Worlds, Inc.
About Nival Interactive:
Nival Interactive is Russiaâ€™s leading game developer, and also the largest, with four development teams and staff of over 140 dedicated professionals and true game enthusiasts. Since its inception in 1996, Nival Interactive has gained worldwide recognition from both press and gamers thanks to its impressive lineup of highly successful titles including the Rage of Mages, Etherlords, Blitzkrieg and Silent Storm series, backed by a genuine commitment to creativity and innovation.
Ubisoft is a leading producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products worldwide. It is the fastest growing company in the videogame industry and has grown considerably through its strong and diversified line-up of products and partnerships. Ubisoft has offices in 21 countries and sales in more than 50 countries around the globe. It is committed to delivering high-quality, cutting-edge videogame titles to consumers. Ubisoft generated revenue of â‚¬ 508 million for the 2003â€“2004 fiscal year, an increase of 22.5 percent over the previous fiscal year at constant exchange rates. To learn more, please visit www.ubisoftgroup.com.