Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgMight & Magic II: Gate To Another World / Might and Magic: Book Two
This article is dedicated to the memory of Don Russell. He was a prolific collector who recently passed away after a lengthy illness. He was responsible for the preservation of many games, including this prototype of Might & Magic II. His illness left a burden to his family, please consider donating to this Gofundme page if you can.
The North American version of Might & Magic II was supposed to be released in mid-1992. For some reason, it was cancelled and only released in Europe (the sequel, Might & Magic III had the opposite fate). The game was mentioned in the August 1991 issue of Gamepro. It was shown at the Winter 1992 CES, and a promo flyer was produced. For whatever reason, American Sammy was producing both the second and third titles simultaneously. The game received plenty of coverage in game magazines in mid-1992, and was reviewed in EGM and Gamepro.
The prototype of this game is near final, but I have reason to suspect that it isn't final. When compared with the PAL version of the game, the in-game fonts are different, some letters are more blocky and is coloured white, while the PAL version is orange. If you look at the EGM preview above, it appears that the version they reviewed has the same orange coloured font as the PAL version. I also dug into the binary and found the text of the game. Some notable changes were that they changed references to death to something a bit more ambiguous, likely an example of Nintendo's famous early 90s censorship.
That said, I did a side by side play of the prototype and PAL version of the game, and everything was the same. This game is way too hard and involved for me to delve too much, but everything around the first town appeared to be the same. I would not expect huge differences within the game.
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