The team at Limbic Entertainment was able to track down Might and Magic creator Jon Van Caneghem for a new "Meet the Ancients" interview that, while short, gives us a brief glimpse into his approach to game development and his overall plan for the Might and Magic franchise.
3. CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE GENESIS OF THE MIGHT & MAGIC SERIES?
I wanted to make a party based RPG that was very strategic, had a free open world to explore and lots of fun puzzles to solve.Wizardry I, Ultima I and Dungeons and Dragons were the initial influence, but I wanted to go further and express my style of play in the design. Learning to program and figuring out all the technical barriers was just a means to an end, creating the best game possible was my driving force.
5. AS A FAN OF THE SERIES, HERE'S SOMETHING I ALWAYS WANTED TO ASK YOU :) WHAT WERE YOUR PLANS FOR THE STORYLINE OF THE SERIES? WOULD WE HAVE DISCOVERED THE SECRETS OF THE ANCIENTS AND THE KREEGANS? ANYTHING YOU CAN SHARE WITH US?
Originally, the Might and Magic story ended with World of Xeen. But with the popularity of Heroes and a demand for new MM games, we started it all up again and took things in many directions. And yes we had plans to finalize the Kreegans story and visit the Ancients home world. :P