Publisher Ubisoft has announced Heroes of Might & Magic III – HD Edition. That’s the official name announced by the company, but its actual title is Heroes of Might & Magic III: The Restoration of Erathia (RoE) – HD Edition. Two expansions that came along with this iteration of the PC strategy game are not included.
For an explanation, we turn to an announcement from Ubisoft, which details just how old the game and our gaming world really are. The post states:
But why only RoE? To understand the origin of the project and its development we need to go back to 2003. At that time we asked New World Computing to retrieve their archives for all the Might & Magic titles. We found tons of documentation and data but regarding Heroes III we had nothing but the usable source code of Heroes III Restoration of Erathia.
Data preservation is now a part of our industry we should be aware of and it’s a little weird to think about how games and technology as a whole has grown so colossally in what’s not a lot of years, seen in human advancement years. Where cloud storage and massive data retention is now almost self-explanatory, saving assets of just over a decade ago can still be a fleeting thing, even for a large company like Ubisoft or, technically, New World Computing, which was in operation until Might & Magic IX. Loss of data is also an argument used for highly anticipated remakes, such as a full HD version of Final Fantasy VII. Things needed to be stored on rather finite items like CDs and smaller hard drives back then. At some point, stuff like that just gets antiquated. Trust us, we know, because of reasons totally unrelated to dubious media stored throughout the years.
The announcement of Heroes of Might & Magic III – HD Edition also comes with a video that details just why these assets are needed. A clip shows someone meticulously retracing old game assets that are blurry from being blown up so much. And here we thought that an HD remake would somehow be a complex process, not just a lengthy doodle project.
Then again, it just so turns out that Ubisoft could be lying about that as well, since a recent NeoGaf thread has some alleging scruples on how the character models really look like. We’ll show you how the bullshot, in reverse, would compare to the noted actual version of Might & Magic III below.
Anyway, Heroes of Might & Magic III – HD Edition comes out on January 29, 2015. It will also appear on iOS and Android tablets.