Might & Magic Heroes 6 'Shades of Darkness' standalone coming Feb. 28

Might & Magic Heroes 6 'Shades of Darkness' standalone coming Feb 28, web portal open now
Ubisoft has announced a release date for the upcoming Might & Magic Heroes VI standalone expansion. Shades of Darkness, as it's called, will be available worldwide on February 28, 2013. Set in time one century after the core game's events, Shades of Darkness will feature two storylines, setting two factions – the Dark Elves and the Necromancers of Heresh – against each other for the fate of Ashan.

The expansion will be available independently or as part of a Might & Magic Heroes VI Complete Edition, which includes the core game and the expansion along with all bonus content, two DLC packs, and a full soundtrack. And Ubisoft has also premiered the Might & Magic web portal, featuring lots of information about the franchise's mythology, an interactive timeline about the world's history, and lots of new and info on the various games in the series. You can see some portal layouts and a bit of concept art for the expansion in the gallery below. %Gallery-172876%
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A New Interactive Web Portal Opens the Doors to the Entire Might & Magic Universe

SAN FRANCISCO - December 7, 2012 - Today, Ubisoft® announced the long-awaited Might & Magic® Heroes® VI standalone expansion, Shades of Darkness, will be released worldwide for Windows® PC on February 28, 2013.

Starring the cult hero Raelag, first introduced in Heroes V, this fully-fledged standalone game will feature a return of the fan-favorite faction, Dungeon. Shades of Darkness recounts, in two original campaigns, epic and world shaping Dark Events in Ashan's history where two factions, The Dark Elves and the Necromancers, define their nefarious and gruesome destinies. The campaign occurs one century after the events in Heroes VI.

The Shadow-tainted Dark Elves, a persecuted people, exiled from their homeland, torn apart by internal strife. As heir to the throne of Queen Tuihdana, the hero Raelag can unite them and make them rise again as a proud and strong nation. Forging an alliance with the powers of Darkness, he will get the support of the almighty Black Dragons and elevate the Dark Elves as masters of deception, stealth and assassination!

The Necromancers of Heresh face a crisis that threatens their very existence as a magical disease is slowly destroying their Spider Goddess, the Mother Namtaru. The player will incarnate the vampire hero, Vein, a rogue Death Knight with a troubled past. After allying with a former mentor, Vein will discover the source of the disease is connected to the Dark Elves and the infamous Netherlord, Sandro. To thwart Sandro's plans, Vein will have to repair the corrupted memories of the Mother Namtaru and restore her godlike powers.

Players can also enjoy the full experience with Might & Magic Heroes VI Complete Edition, containing a fully-enhanced version of the game, all bonus maps & items, two adventure DLC packs, the original soundtrack of the game and the Shades of Darkness expansion, set for release on PC on the same day, February 28th.

Additionally, a new Might & Magic portal is also now available, providing for the first time online, full details on the mythology, characters and history of the entire Might & Magic universe. As an introduction to newcomers and a reference to longtime fans, this dedicated web portal showcases the deep and unique world of the series. Fully localized in English, French, German, Russian and Polish, The Might & Magic portal unveils new artwork, a dynamic timeline of the universe's mythology & history and is also the ultimate destination for the Might & Magic community and enthusiasts for all the hot news and updates on the franchise's large catalog of games and activities.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.