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Thread: [Official Thread] HoMM 3: Horn of the Abyss - Announcements, Questions, Features This Popular Thread is 373 pages long: 1 50 100 150 200 250 300 350 ... 356 357 358 359 360 ... 373 · «PREV / NEXT»
Drakon-Deus
Drakon-Deus


Legendary Hero
posted May 12, 2019 07:30 PM

blob2 said:
verriker said:
for sure not Drakon Deus mate due to the criticism and the death threats and all that which caused the plan change the first time cheers lol


Sometimes you need to let go


But I didn't say anything. Mate.


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LordInsane
LordInsane


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posted May 12, 2019 08:25 PM

Science fiction is foundational to the lore, but that SF is an integral part of the setting does not excuse SF elements being used without care, even leaving aside aesthetics. Enroth is a pre-industrial fantasy setting - one that remembers its science fictional roots and has remnants of it strewn about, but not one that can maintain entire science-fiction-based factions on the scale of Heroes towns. If HotA were to bring in explicit SF elements (which, I shall not lie, I would enjoy), I would rather the model be Fangarms and artefacts than the Forge. Not that SF always has to be explicit; a HotA Heroes III take on the Anubites/Defender of VARN line would be something that I could see as a neutral creature.
Tavern Interview said:
You have mentioned the Wizard town from HoMM II several times. Can we assume that, like the Conflux is in a way a continuation of the Sorceress town, the Factory is the Wizard town reimagined?

It would be too bold an assumption. That said, the Factory certainly fills some of the niches that have been sitting empty in HoMM III, with no direct heir to the Wizard town in sight. In addition to the earlier outlined parallels, golems from HoMM II are technologically close to the Factory style.

A better way to phrase the similarity seems to be that both the Conflux and the Factory take elements left out in the Heroes III versions of a Heroes II town, and re-use them in a different context. Admittedly, the Conflux context is not so far from the Sorceress' as the Factory's seems to be to Wizard's.
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CountBezuhoff
CountBezuhoff


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posted May 12, 2019 08:31 PM

verriker said:
CountBezuhoff said:
They probably would have thrown in some aliens and sci-fi, like they do in every M&M game


for sure not Drakon Deus mate due to the criticism and the death threats and all that which caused the plan change the first time cheers lol


probably true lol cheers to you too mate
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Gandalf196
Gandalf196


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posted May 12, 2019 08:56 PM

Opera said:
Will be today news about Factory ?


Why would you expect that?
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blob2
blob2


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posted May 12, 2019 10:30 PM

Drakon-Deus said:
blob2 said:
verriker said:
for sure not Drakon Deus mate due to the criticism and the death threats and all that which caused the plan change the first time cheers lol


Sometimes you need to let go


But I didn't say anything. Mate.




I meant letting go as in NWC/3DO, after a "subtle" nod from the fans. What Verriker meant though, I do not know...

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phe
phe


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Life and Freedom
posted May 12, 2019 10:36 PM

Sauron was a Cyber-demon and Frodo defeated him with his flamethrower...

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blob2
blob2


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posted May 12, 2019 10:47 PM

phe said:
Sauron was a Cyber-demon and Frodo defeated him with his flamethrower...


I thought he used force-push?

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Docent_Picolan
Docent_Picolan


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posted May 13, 2019 09:54 PM bonus applied by Maurice on 14 May 2019.
Edited by Docent_Picolan at 21:58, 13 May 2019.

The development of the Factory, the second town to be introduced in HotA and 11th overall in the game, is in full swing. As you already know, on April 28th, the Streamfest convention took place where some of the freshly developed content was unveiled. It included the following video, which, if one forgives the obvious shortcomings of hasty production, can be considered the second trailer for the Factory town.

Demo trailer for Streamfest: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTSsek0wIEY

We were always planning to publish another illustrated update in May, but, thanks to the team's increased productivity in the course of preparation for the festival, we are now able to show you even more than was initially planned. Make no mistake: the town graphics are in the earliest stage of development. Many things will likely change before the release, so the following content is nothing more than a sneak peek inside the Factory.

Provisional appearance of the townscreen. Factory unit and hero portraits


Here are some facts HotA Crew is able to confirm so far:

- The Halfling (Tier 1) and the Gunslinger (Tier 6), complete with their upgrades, were chosen for unveiling not because they somehow epitomise the essence of the new town, but rather because out of the whole lineup, only these two had been agreed upon in terms of appearance before the decision to participate in the convention was made.

- All humanoid units from the lineup have now been made public; these are the Halfling, the Gunslinger and the Mechanic (formerly Flamethrower Operator), described in the previous article.

Animated model of the Bounty Hunter, 200% scale. By Quick-Sighted Dog, Axolotl


- Neither in the New Year Day teaser and the festival trailer, the Factory town musical theme was played. These two videos have dedicated scores, specially written for this cause; however, you can expect certain melodic elements from these tracks to make a return.

- The provisional release date for the Factory town is still December 31th. The version 1.6.0, one to introduce the Wasteland terrain, will be released this summer.

- Three big announcements for the Factory have been published thus far: the New Year Day trailer, the interview from mid-January, and now this piece featuring the most up-to-date material. We also do not intend to keep mum until the release; within a month, you can expect another article.

- While many town elements are far from completion, most of the decorations and textures for the Wasteland terrain are now finished and will not change until the 1.6.0 release.

Wasteland terrain. Factory village and heroes


Textures of the Wasteland terrain. By Docent Picolan


Model of a Factory village for the adventure map. By Don_ko


Factory castle and heroes on the adventure map. Wasteland terrain


Conversely, one of the rawest elements shown at the convention is the Wasteland battlefield, an eleventh-hour addition to the demo. Naturally, it will see change.

Provisional Wasteland battlefield, Halfling and Gunslinger units with their upgraded versions, a Magic hero of the Factory.


Now for select renders of the Factory buildings and some tidbits from the townscreen creation process:

Models of the Marketplace and Resource Silo for the Factory townscreen. By Don_ko


Model of the Saloon, 6th tier dwelling, for the Factory townscreen. By Don_ko


Model of the Blacksmith for the Factory townscreen. By Don_ko


Raw draft of the Factory townscreen background. By Docent Picolan


Current Factory townscreen background. By Agar, Docent Picolan


First estimate of the Factory townscreen population. By Don_ko


Animated GIF of the provisional Factory townscreen layout. By Don_ko, Agar, Docent Picolan, DrSlash


There is also a video of the same screen in its original scale available at https://youtu.be/xYDFyyS_5uw

An animated combat model of an Artificer class hero. By DrSlash


Special thanks go to Axolotl (3d tweaking and animation for the Gunslinger), Ivan Vorontsov (demo mapmaking), fiorin (3d modelling and animation for the Halfling) and the crew member gotthit for his efforts in last-minute programming for the demo.

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phoenix4ever
phoenix4ever


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Heroes is love, Heroes is life
posted May 13, 2019 10:06 PM

It looks awesome Docent_Picolan and really nice surprise with the wasteland terrain being ready already this summer.
Also I'm really curious about what you are planning for Eagle Eye and other skill changes.

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Salamandre
Salamandre


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Omnipresent Hero
Wog refugee
posted May 13, 2019 10:21 PM

Fantastic work, how lucky this community is.

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Opera
Opera


Hired Hero
posted May 13, 2019 10:23 PM

OMG This is awesome <3 Cant wait to see "Mechanic" girl !

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Galaad
Galaad

Hero of Order
Li mort as morz, li vif as vis
posted May 13, 2019 10:29 PM
Edited by Galaad at 22:32, 13 May 2019.

Amazing, the blending of the lore with the HIII aesthetics are a complete success, this is looking absolutely stunning.

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blob2
blob2


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Blob-Ohmos the Second
posted May 13, 2019 10:43 PM

So, is the horse alive or not?

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CountBezuhoff
CountBezuhoff


Famous Hero
Master of the merchant's guild
posted May 13, 2019 10:50 PM

The music fits quite nicely the overall western theme of the town and I find it very enjoyable. Looking forward to new updates

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Hourglass
Hourglass


Known Hero
posted May 13, 2019 11:02 PM

Salamandre said:
Fantastic work, how lucky this community is.


I couldn't agree anymore. This looks beyond stunning.

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planetavril
planetavril


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posted May 13, 2019 11:18 PM

wonderful work

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vylk
vylk


Adventuring Hero
posted May 13, 2019 11:57 PM

now this made my week!

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fred79
fred79


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Undefeatable Hero
posted May 14, 2019 12:10 AM

Wicked.

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Gandalf196
Gandalf196


Known Hero
posted May 14, 2019 12:35 AM

Stunning, to say the least. Your work stands as the living proof that no other game so far has ever had this charm, this ineffable ingredient, that inspires players to polish it even 20 years after its release.
Also, it brightens my day seeing that people throught the world feel the same about this cherished masterpiece and are willing to contribute with ideas, art, etc.

Docent_Picolan said:


- The provisional release date for the Factory town is still December 31th. The version 1.6.0, one to introduce the Wasteland terrain, will be released this summer.

his efforts in last-minute programming for the demo.


Could you give us a little sneak peek into 1.6.0 ?




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Oddball13579
Oddball13579


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posted May 14, 2019 12:43 AM

Absolutely stunning! I am so excited for this release!
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