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Heroes Community > Library of Enlightenment > Thread: New World Computing commercial CD releases complete list
Thread: New World Computing commercial CD releases complete list
Evaline
Evaline


Known Hero
posted December 01, 2011 09:00 PM

New World Computing commercial CD releases complete list

A long time and with varying success I am trying to assemble a collection of HoMM game series from New World Computing.
Only original commercial PC releases of NWC games in English (or Multilanguage versions with English) are welcome.
I am not interested in non-NWC re-releases or other falsifications (Ubisoft, MAD, SoldOut, COKeM International Ltd. are well known in publishing of such falsifications).
Also I don't need electronic distributions (NWC in fact never released them).

List of the releases in chronological order.
Additional information: master disk release date (it's not actually an official game release date but on that date the game was gone gold), number of CDDA (Audio) tracks (if any), copy protection scheme (if any), official patches released, etc.

1. Heroes of Might and Magic (v1.0 for DOS, September 6, 1995). Beginning of an era. Install options: 8-bit Mono, 16-bit Mono and 16-bit Stereo soundtrack.
It seems that boxed HoMM for DOS was re-released few times (v1.1 DOS, October 4, 1995; v1.2 DOS, October 16, 1995) but v1.0 is the most valuable.
There is also OEM (Not for Resale, October 29, 1996 w/manual) version exists but it isn't a commercial release. Most likely this version was bundled with some kind of Video or Sound card.
Official patches (DOS): 1.1, 1.2.

2. Heroes of Might and Magic (v1.0 for Windows, February 1, 1996), 1 Data and 49 CDDA tracks. It's the first and only original HoMM release with CD quality sound track. King's Bounty is included on the CD. A few fan-made maps were added.
Official patch (Win): 1.1.

3. Heroes of Might and Magic II: The Succession Wars (v1.0 DOS/Windows Combo, November 4, 1996), 1 Data and 42 CDDA tracks. This is the original release of HoMM II.
Official patches (DOS): 1.1, 1.2, 1.3.
Official patches (Win): 1.1, 1.2, 1.3.

4. Heroes of Might and Magic II: The Price of Loyalty Expansion Pack (v2.0 DOS/Windows Combo, May 5, 1997), 1 Data and 42 CDDA tracks. It's the only separate release of Expansion Pack with different sound track (compared to The Succession Wars).
Official patch (DOS): 2.1.
Official patch (Win): 2.1.

5. Heroes of Might and Magic Compendium (2CD, September 15, 1997), the most valuable compilation.
CD1: Heroes of Might and Magic v1.3DOS/v1.2Win Combo, 1 Data and 49 CDDA tracks. This is absolutely unique version not only because it is a combo but also because there is no official DOS 1.3/Win 1.2 patches were released. King's Bounty is included on the CD. *Note* DOS version on this CD only have 8-bit Mono sound track so You need the original HoMM for DOS release to play with better quality sound.
CD2: Heroes of Might and Magic II bundled with Price of Loyalty Expansion v2.1 DOS/Windows Combo, 1 Data and 42 CDDA tracks.
This is the last HoMM release with DOS game versions.

6. Heroes of Might and Magic II Gold (v2.1 Windows only, October 29, 1998), 1 Data and 42 CDDA tracks. This is the first game that 3DO released as publisher. This version has no real value because there was only a half of the original game functionality remains. The DOS version of game was removed completely and Win version is identical to CD2 from HoMM Compendium with only a few fan-made maps were added.

7. Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Restoration of Erathia (v1.0, February 16, 1999). This is the first release of HoMM III with no copy protection yet.
*Note* Only this version of game have 2 sets of cutscene movie files: Smack (low quality) and Bink (high quality). In every later version of HoMM III all such movies except intros and endings are only in Smack format making "video quality" option worthless.
Official patches: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4.

8. Heroes of Might and Magic Millenum Edition (3CD Compilation, August 30, 1999) with no copy protection.
CD1: Heroes of Might and Magic for Windows v1.0 August 30, 1999 re-release, 1 Data and 49 CDDA tracks. King's Bounty is included on the CD.
CD2: Heroes of Might and Magic II Gold v2.1 August 26, 1999 re-release, 1 Data and 42 CDDA tracks.
CD3: Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Restoration of Erathia v1.1 August 30, 1999 re-release (patch 1.1 is included but this version have different game executable compared to official 1.1 game patch).

9. Heroes of Might and Magic III: Armageddon's Blade Expansion Pack (v2.0, September 20, 1999). This expansion pack introduces Safedisc v1.30.010 copy protection with 813 weak sectors in range from 970 to 10217.
Official patches: 2.1, 2.2. *Note* Patch 2.1 and later removes copy protection.

10. Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Shadow of Death Standalone Expansion (v3.0, March 10, 2000), Safedisc v1.41.000 copy protection with 797 weak sectors ranging from 974 to 10195.
Official patches: 3.1, 3.2. *Note* Patches changes the copy protection scheme. Official 3.1 patch downgrades the protection to Safedisc v1.40.004 while official 3.2 patch upgrades the protection to Safedisc v1.50.020.

11. Heroes of Might and Magic III Complete (v4.0, 2CD, September 8, 2000), Safedisc v1.50.020 copy protection with 581 weak sectors ranging from 977 to 10191 (CD2 only).
This isn't a compilation (Armageddon's Blade intro was removed, v4.0 is not compatible with v3.2 in multiplayer, at least one map from the original game is missing, few map errors not fixed, etc).

12. Heroes of Might and Magic IV US (v1.0, 2CD, March 6, 2002), Safedisc v2.51.021 copy protection with 577 weak sectors ranging from 976 to 10168 (CD2 only).
Official patches: 1.2, 1.3, 2.0, 2.2, 3.0.

13. Heroes of Might and Magic IV UK (v1.0, 2CD, March 7, 2002), Safedisc v2.51.021 copy protection with 579 weak sectors ranging from 981 to 10179 (CD2 only).
*Note* This game version and patches are different from the corresponding US versions.
Official patches: 1.3, 2.0, 2.2, 3.0.

14. Heroes of Might and Magic Platinum Edition (4CD Compilation, June 18, 2002) with no copy protection.
CD1: Heroes of Might and Magic for Windows v1.0 June 18, 2002 re-release, 1 Data and 49 CDDA tracks. There is no King's Bounty game on this CD.
CD2: Heroes of Might and Magic II Gold v2.1 June 18, 2002 re-release, 1 Data and 42 CDDA tracks.
CD3: Heroes of Might and Magic III Complete v4.0 Install CD June 18, 2002 re-release.
CD4: Heroes of Might and Magic III Complete v4.0 Play CD June 18, 2002 re-release with no copy protection.

15. Heroes of Might and Magic IV: The Gathering Storm Expansion Pack US (v2.0, September 8, 2002), Safedisc v2.51.021 copy protection with 579 weak sectors ranging from 959 to 10151.
Official patches: 2.2, 3.0.

16. Heroes of Might and Magic IV: The Gathering Storm Expansion Pack UK (v2.0, September 8, 2002), Safedisc v2.51.021 copy protection with 577 weak sectors ranging from 975 to 10170.
*Note* This expansion pack version and patches are different from the corresponding US versions.
Official patches: 2.2, 3.0.

17. Heroes of Might and Magic IV: Winds of War Expansion Pack UK (v3.0, January 13, 2003), Safedisc v2.51.021 copy protection with 576 weak sectors ranging from 967 to 10179. Sadly I was unable to buy this CD (DVD-box UK released version with printed manual)...

18. Heroes of Might and Magic IV: Winds of War Expansion Pack US (v3.0, January 14, 2003) with no copy protection (different from the UK version). This is a last title ever released by New World Computing/3DO.

Heroes Chronicles Game Series (in slightly different order).

1. Heroes Chronicles: Warlords of the Wasteland US (Chapter 1, August 31, 2000), Safedisc v1.50.020 copy protection with 577 weak sectors ranging from 979 to 10161.

2. Heroes Chronicles: Warlords of the Wasteland UK Multi-5 English/French/German/Italian/Spanish (Chapter 1, October 29, 2000), Safedisc v1.50.020 copy protection with 577 weak sectors ranging from 959 to 10214.

3. Heroes Chronicles: Conquest of the Underworld US (Chapter 2, August 30, 2000), Safedisc v1.50.020 copy protection with 577 weak sectors ranging from 979 to 10161.

4. Heroes Chronicles: Conquest of the Underworld UK Multi-5 English/French/German/Italian/Spanish (Chapter 2, November 2, 2000), Safedisc v1.50.020 copy protection with 579 weak sectors ranging from 957 to 10204.

5. Heroes Chronicles: Masters of the Elements US (Chapter 3, October 5, 2000), Safedisc v1.50.020 copy protection with 574 weak sectors ranging from 992 to 10185.

6. Heroes Chronicles: Masters of the Elements UK English Only (Chapter 3, October 31, 2000), Safedisc v1.50.020 copy protection with 575 weak sectors ranging from 971 to 10184.

7. Heroes Chronicles: Masters of the Elements UK(EU) Multi-5 English/French/German/Italian/Spanish (Chapter 3, November 16, 2000), Safedisc v1.50.020 copy protection with 577 weak sectors ranging from 971 to 10205.

8. Heroes Chronicles: Clash of the Dragons US (Chapter 4, October 5, 2000), Safedisc v1.50.020 copy protection with 579 weak sectors ranging from 960 to 10181.

9. Heroes Chronicles: Clash of the Dragons UK English Only (Chapter 4, October 31, 2000), Safedisc v1.50.020 copy protection with 580 weak sectors ranging from 959 to 10182.

10. Heroes Chronicles: Clash of the Dragons UK(EU) Multi-5 English/French/German/Italian/Spanish (Chapter 4, November 16, 2000), Safedisc v1.50.020 copy protection with 582 weak sectors ranging from 959 to 10209.

11. Heroes Chronicles: The Final Chapters UK Multi-2 German/English (Chapters 7-8, May 9, 2001), Safedisc v2.30.031 copy protection with 580 weak sectors ranging from 963 to 10185.
Contains Chapter 7: Revolt of the Beastmasters and Chapter 8: The Sword of Frost. There are a 2 different releases of this game (both DVD-boxed): German (with German printed Manual/description) and UK (with English printed Manual/description). Second one is rare. The CDs in these releases are identical.

12. Heroes Chronicles: The Final Chapters US (Chapters 7-8, May 1, 2002) with no copy protection.
Contains Chapter 7: Revolt of the Beastmasters and Chapter 8: The Sword of Frost (very rare).

Any information about release that is not listed here are welcome. Sorry for my bad English.

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Evaline
Evaline


Known Hero
posted January 01, 2012 05:00 PM
Edited by Evaline at 17:02, 01 Jan 2012.

Heroes Chronicles: The Final Chapters US

Because of a few questions asked concerning the existence of Heroes Chronicles: The Final Chapters US release here is the proof.
This game has been released in May 2002 (after HoMM IV) in Jewel Case. Electronic Manual (in PDF format) is present on the CD. It is an English-only game unlike the UK multilanguage version. Copy protection is absent which means that only CD-check is used and original game executables (from developers) are DRM-free.

Jewel photo






The US version of the game can be purchased here at the moment.

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Bersaglio
Bersaglio


Hired Hero
posted January 19, 2012 10:17 AM

They say that there is an official v1.1 release of Heroes II: The Succession Wars which contains a demo version for 3DO's game cheating app but I can't confirm this. Maybe this release was issued later (once it comes with 3DO app since the first official 3DO release was dated 1998) and actually not an official New World Computing release... who knows.

P.S. Thanks for clarification about Heroes Chronicles: The Final Chapters US release!

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Evaline
Evaline


Known Hero
posted March 30, 2012 11:52 PM
Edited by Evaline at 09:01, 31 Mar 2012.

They say that original Heroes Chronicles: Conquest of the Underworld UK (CD creation date October 29th, 2000) release exist. The version with CD creation date November 2nd, 2000 is a re-release. Don't anyone have the original Heroes Chronicles: Conquest of the Underworld UK with CD creation date October 29th, 2000 by accident?
What is the differences between October 29th, 2000 and November 2nd, 2000 releases of HC2: CotU UK? Is there anybody who knows? Please help me solve this!
Thanks in advance!

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Roman2211
Roman2211


Hired Hero
posted February 27, 2018 07:00 AM

I respect all releases from NWC/3DO, and I hate falsify from Ubi!!!

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