Heroes of Might & Magic V

Key events

31st August 2006

HOMMV expansion announced

23rd January 2006

HOMMV beta delayed

17th January 2006

HOMMV beta to kick off soon

HOMMV expansion announced

HOMMV expansion announced

It's hammertime!

Ubisoft has announced plans to release the first expansion pack for PC strategy title Heroes of Might and Magic V.

The add-on, which is subtitled Hammers of Fate, will introduce a brand new faction - the Dwarves. You'll find them in the dodgier areas of Ashan, where they spend their days using runes to perform spells.

HoF will also include abilities, items and buildings to explore plus a campaign with 15 new missions. Not to mention a host of extra single and multiplayer maps and a random map generator.

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New maps for HOMMV

Registration required.

Ubisoft has a pair of new maps available for Heroes of Might & Magic V, but you can't just download them. What do you think this is? The internet?

Heroes of Might & Magic V

Heroes of Might & Magic V

No more heroes any more.

There's something cosy about the Might & Magic series. Something a bit tea and cakes on Granny's knee; all warm fireplaces and chintzy doilies. Something conservative, something that flies the Union Jack, something that reminds us of a much better past, something warm and something very, very familiar. Perhaps it's the fact that in the twenty years since the series started, it's changed about as much as David Dimbleby or Horlicks, even if everything else from the era is gone.

As we explained in our numerous previews, HOMM:V (an acronym sounding nearer to a corpulent Yankee car than a game) is striving to stick to the formula at all costs. We can finally reveal that... yes, they've done it. They've made another turn-based M&M strategy game and it's a good example of the series. However, does that mean the series bears up to scrutiny in the modern day?

Our sagging eyelids wish to testify in the affirmative; HOMM has lost none of its predecessors' addictiveness. The six factions (Knights, Demons, Undead, Wizards, Elves and Dungeon) are all distinctive enough, though packed with familiar units, heroes and designs from the earlier games. They're all introduced in a logical manner, with the knight (Haven) campaign acting as a (very lengthy) tutorial and the other campaigns gradually introducing the various heroes and units you need to get to grips with to master each race (and, yes, you can alter the difficulty level, if you're having trouble). The overarching plot may be tortuous, the voice-acting sounds like our aforementioned granny was directing it, and the interminable (skippable, thanks be) cut-scenes are about as stimulating as a modern dance interpretation of the Hutton report (no worse than WarCraft III's, in other words), but it's all just grist to the mill of getting into the complicated world beneath.

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Heroes of Might & Magic V

From zeroes to heroes.

Kieron showed you earlier in the week how Arkane studios is making a very different sort of first-person fantasy game, the frankly bemusing Dark Messiah of Might and Magic. Well, Heroes of Might and Magic has always been a very different sort of strategy fantasy game, drawn from the long heritage of the M&M games. However, number five also promises to be a very different Heroes game, coming as it does from a new studio and new publisher. Despite their promises of faithfulness to the brand, the community seems wary of what they may produce.

Ubisoft delays HOMMV

Have the beta testers won?

Less than a week after Ubisoft launched the beta test for forthcoming PC title Heroes of Might and Magic V, it's been announced that the game will no longer get a March release as planned.

HOMMV beta delayed

HOMMV beta delayed

Update: But only until today!

Remember that there was meant to be a Heroes of Might & Magic V open beta starting on January 19th? Well, it didn't. Ubisoft's US website for the game explains:

"The open beta for Heroes V has been delayed, to make the experience as smooth as possible for all those involved. Keep an eye out for a new beta launch date, and all the news that goes with it."

Good news though. Reader Robert Malatynski points out a post on Ubisoft's forums, which says the beta will start today at 6pm!

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HOMMV beta to kick off soon

HOMMV beta to kick off soon

On Thursday, to be precise.

Calling all Heroes of Might and Magic fans - the open beta for the fifth instalment in the series is about to kick off.

That's according to a post on the Ubisoft forums by Frag Doll Jinx, who writes: "The open beta for Heroes V will start on January 19th! Keep your eye out for further details on how to get involved and get your hands on the game months before release."

Heroes of Might and Magic 5 will feature 3D graphics and a much darker fantasy universe to explore, complete with six unique factions and more than 40 creatures and spells. You can look forward to five online modes, too, and lots of multiplayer fun for all the family.

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