Join The Shadow Council and Influence Recently Announced Might & Magic Heroes VII
It's been a long road for the Might and Magic series, which dates all the way back to 1986 and saw the turn-based strategy Heroes spin-offs kick off in 1995. After acquiring the IP in 2003 when publisher 3DO filed for bankruptcy, Ubisoft rebooted the franchise with Heroes of Might and Magic V in 2006, making it the first Heroes game to be in 3D. Fast forward a few years and we now have a new installment: Might & Magic Heroes VII. Being developed by German studio Limbic Entertainment in Unreal Engine 3.0, Heroes VII promises to be the most beautiful Heroes game yet, complete with a weather system and dynamic lighting effects. But while nice visuals are always a good thing, the Heroes games have always been all about the gameplay.
Heroes VII will feature six unique factions at launch with over 60 hours of gameplay in the massive single-player campaign alone. Then add upon that the virtually unlimited replayability of Skirmish and Duel modes, with both Hotseat local multiplayer and competitive LAN play. As of now, four of the six factions have been unveiled: Haven, Academy, Stronghold, and Necropolis. The remaining two factions will actually be decided by the community via The Shadow Council. Any person with a Uplay account can log into the official website and become a member of The Shadow Council for free, allowing your voice to be heard through votes, developer chats, and more.
The fifth faction is actually up for vote now, allowing fans to choose between the elven Sylvan and the dwarven Fortress. Voting remains open for one month and you can change your vote at any time until it ends as new information or arguments are presented to sway you. As of now, the Sylvan has a whopping 67% of the votes. Of course some people are already asking why we can't have both; a fair question indeed, but it's highly likely neither faction has actually been developed beyond a concept, so a lot of extra work is involved. While it's almost certain the losing factions will eventually arrive as DLC (whether paid or free), it's not fair to look at this as Ubisoft withholding content.
As with previous entries in the series, Might & Magic Heroes VII is coming exclusively to PC.