Heroesof Might and Magic III

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Heroes III

Heroes of Might and Magic 3 is a fantasy adventure strategy game originally released in 1999 that is still popular today with lots of activity by players and modders. This page focuses on providing information and resources for the original game and fan developments, but ignores Ubisoft's "HD Edition" that was published in 2015.

How to get it?

The best way to get the game these days is to buy it from GOG.com and thus get it free of digital rights management (DRM). Complete Edition of HoMM 3 includes Restoration of Erathia (the original game), Armageddon's Blade (first expansion), and Shadow of Death (last expansion).

At GOG the game is available in English, French, Polish, and Russian. Should you need other languages it is possible to find the game in Finnish, German, Italian, Ukrainian, and maybe some other languages. Send me (Merri) a message at Heroes Community or /r/HoMM Discord if you know of more!


VCMI

HoMM 3 Remake

VCMI is a re-implementation of Heroes III game engine, but with modding and extensibility built-in! Also multiple platforms are supported: Windows, Linux, Mac and Android. The downside of VCMI is that it is still work-in-progress and depends a lot on available free time of able developers.

Changing the original game is hard as the source code is not available, thus doing more specialized changes requires a very high level of skill which is out of reach for most modders. This is why VCMI exists: to make it possible for more people to do mods that provide more variety than what is possible within the limitations of other fan projects (Era II, HD Mod).

VCMI requires the original game files to function.


Patches for original CD releases

These patches are useful mostly if you're doing research into the game and want to see how it changed over time. For me these were important to find for localization purposes to see what has changed and when. I've collected all official 16 patches into a single 7-zip file for your convenience. Tracking these down one by one is awful!

DescriptionFile
Restoration of Erathia version 1.1
Patch from 1.0 to 1.1H310TO11.EXE
Restoration of Erathia version 1.2
Patch from 1.0 to 1.2H310TO12.EXE
Patch from 1.1 to 1.2H311TO12.EXE
Restoration of Erathia version 1.3
Patch from 1.0 to 1.3H310TO13.EXE
Patch from 1.1 to 1.3H311TO13.EXE
Patch from 1.2 to 1.3H312TO13.EXE
Restoration of Erathia version 1.4
Patch from 1.0 to 1.4H310TO14.EXE
Patch from 1.1 to 1.4H311TO14.EXE
Patch from 1.2 to 1.4H312TO14.EXE
Patch from 1.3 to 1.4H313TO14.EXE
Armageddon's Blade version 2.1
Patch from 2.0 to 2.1H320TO21.EXE
Armageddon's Blade version 2.2
Patch from 2.0 to 2.2H320TO22.EXE
Patch from 2.1 to 2.2H321TO22.EXE
Shadow of Death version 3.1
Patch from 3.0 to 3.1H330TO31.EXE
Shadow of Death version 3.2
Patch from 3.0 to 3.2H330TO32.EXE
Patch from 3.1 to 3.2H331TO32.EXE

Download all 16 HoMM 3 patches (28 MB, English only!)

See also

Heroes Community
Wanted: Official HoMM I & II Patches
New World Computing commercial CD releases (English only)

Fan extensions for the original game


Heroes 3 HD+ Mod logo

HD Mod is an essential addition to the original Heroes III experience! This project does not change gameplay. Instead it adds support for larger resolutions than the game's original 800×600, fixes usability issues and some bugs. It also supports plugins (or packs) which can change the game.

Visit HD Mod official download page


Horn of the Abyss

HotA is a fanmade "third expansion" to the game and is of a very good quality! The way everything is built feels like a true expansion pack to the game with high production value. HotA adds Cove, an entirely new town and does so by not removing any of the originals. They're also working on adding a second new town, which may or may not be complete by 31st December 2020… That is the cost of projects made with the spare time of pros :)

Cove
City screen of Cove

Era II

Era works similarly to HotA in that it modifies the original game, but instead of being a fixed single expansion project it aims to provide a common platform for user made mods. Normally mods would be totally incompatible and very challenging to make, but with Era multiple mods can co-exist at the same time. The project includes editor and custom scripting language.

Official Era II thread at Heroes Community