Post by wadmodderpudu on Oct 14, 2019 14:19:32 GMT
You guys may know about the infamous Forge town that was once planned in Heroes of Might and Magic III: Armageddon's Blade back in 1999, the same year that the base game Restoration of Erathia was released.
Basically development of the first expansion was started shortly after the base game came out, one of the initial plans was to introduce a futuristic faction to the game called Forge, which I assume was derived from a plot element from the seventh installment of the Might and Magic series (Might and Magic VII: For Blood and Honor), the Heavenly Forge.
However, while development of the Forge was almost complete, fans negatively reacted to the inclusion of Forge, stating the inclusion destroys the high-fantasy setting of the HOMM games, and even 3DO and New World Computing received death threats, and scrapped the Forge town in favor of the Conflux town, which was on draft for a second expansion, which would eventually become Shadow of Death in 2000.
Some fans even say that this was one of the downfalls of both 3DO and New World Computing that led to their bankruptcy & demise in 2003.
Since neither expansion is included in the 2015 HD edition due to Ubisoft losing the source codes for both, we may never see any prototypes of Heroes of Might and Magic III and its expansions surface any time soon.
Here is a link to the article of the Might and Magic wiki on the scrapped Forge faction.
Post by wadmodderpudu on Oct 16, 2019 17:57:17 GMT
Yeah, the fans of Might & Magic weren't practically pleased with the Forge during the development of Armageddon's Blade.
However, there are many unofficial mods for Heroes of Might and Magic III that recreate the Forge, but the majority of them require the unofficial expansion In The Wake of Gods, VCMI, or ERA II for the game, while others just replace the graphics of one of the towns in the game.
Only a few concept art/sketches and a single screenshot of the unreleased 3DO/New World Computing version of the Forge town exists, although Ubisoft did a 2012 April Fools joke of Forge for Might & Magic: Heroes VI on their official sixth installment pages.
However, a building seen in the early concepts of Armageddon's Blade made its way in the final release of the expansion, albeit on the coverart of the game on the box.