Celestial Heavens caught up with the Might & Magic team at Ubisoft for a quick Q&A about Shades of Darkness, the forthcoming standalone expansion pack for Heroes VI. As we knew very little about it thus far, this is the best source of information to date:
CH: 1. Who is the developer; will Limbic handle it?
Answer: "Limbic has moved on to other projects, but we're still in touch with them and you might hear from them in the near future... The stand-alone is therefore being developed by Virtuos. They already worked on the Adventure Packs for which they produced all the art assets. But they are also game developers, not just art outsourcers. You can find more information on their official website: http://www.virtuosgames.com."
CH: 5. Will the expansion include the campaigns and maps of the first release?
Answer: "No it won't. The Heroes VI content you already own (original game, the adventure packs, the Dynasty Weapons, etc.) will be accessible and available directly in the add-on. Indeed, in order to improve the user experience, we're making sure the expansion remains compatible with the original game and the owners of both versions can play together in multiplayer modes. We'll also release a Complete Edition including all the Heroes VI content, meaning: Heroes VI and all its exclusive contents (Collector and Gold maps), all Dynasty bonuses (heroes and weapons), the two adventure packs and the expansion. Both the expansion and the Complete Edition will be available on February 28th, 2013."
CH: 6. Will the expansion include material from the DLCs "Pirates of the Savage Sea" and/or "Danse Macabre"?
Answer: "The new creatures, buildings and artifacts from the adventure packs will be included in the stand-alone. The campaign maps and playable heroes (Crag Hack and Sandro) won't. However, it will be possible to acquire the adventure packs in the expansion without owning the original Heroes VI game."