DescriptionThe world of Axeoth seems to be in grave peril. The region of Chedian is threatened by an invasion of the Beldonian Horde, led by the warlord Tamur Leng. A party of rangers from Ravensford are shipwrecked on the Isle of Ashes, where they encounter a mysterious troll who announces to them that their fate lies in liberating Chedian and opposing the Beldonian leader.
The ninth installment of the Might and Magic series takes place in a different world, following the destruction of the planet Enroth, which served as a setting for the three previous games. Its story is not directly connected to its predecessors, though there are a few references to them. It is also the first game in the series rendered fully in 3D and with full screen navigation.
As opposed to its immediate predecessor, the game features a traditional party creation system with four races to choose from: human, elf, dwarf, and half-orc. There are only two character classes available during character creation: Fighter or Initiate. Both can, however, be promoted to other, more powerful classes during the course of the game, with two class development branches each. In order to achieve promotion, characters need to complete specific quests given to them.
Other aspects of the character-building system remain largely unchanged. Each character can train in a variety of skills, ranging from weapon proficiencies and magic disciplines to bartering, perception, identifying items, etc. Some skills bestow greater benefits on the character if he or she has been promoted to a specific class, and mastery in certain skills can only be attained following a specific promotion. As in the the three previous games in the series, default real-time combat can be paused at any time to switch to turn-based mode. Party formation options are also available.
Outdoor areas in the game are mostly limited to immediate environment of the towns, resulting in a reduced amount of outdoor exploration. Much of the game, however, takes place in the large cities as well as in dungeon-like areas. The player must complete the quests of the main story in order to finish the game, but may freely travel between any of the game's cities and surrounding areas, tackling main and sub-quests in any order.
- "魔法門九" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
- "Меч и Магия IX" -- Russian spelling
- "MM9" -- Informal abbreviation
- "Might and Magic IX: Writ of Fate" -- Common title
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The Press Says
|FileFactory Games / Gameworld Network||May 14, 2002||84 out of 100||84|
|Pelit||May, 2002||83 out of 100||83|
|PC Games (Germany)||May 21, 2002||70 out of 100||70|
|4Players.de||May 08, 2002||69 out of 100||69|
|GameSpot||Apr 12, 2002||6.2 out of 10||62|
|Game Over Online||May 03, 2002||60 out of 100||60|
|GameStar (Germany)||May, 2002||56 out of 100||56|
|Joystick (French)||Jun, 2002||50 out of 100||50|
|Computer Gaming World (CGW)||Aug, 2002||30|
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DevelopmentAccording to a development team member, this was the first Might and Magic title where New World Computing had a deadline forced upon them by 3DO management.
LoreMight and Magic IX has the weakest connection to the Might and Magic universe. For the first time in the series, there is no mention of the Ancients, and the only connection to the previous games is a single character who appeared in Might and Magic VI: The Mandate of Heaven.
TitleThis is the first game in the Might and Magic series that does not have a sub-title. All previous games had one (from "Secret of the Inner Sanctum" for MM1 to "Day of the Destroyer" for MM8). Among the fan base, the game is called "Writ of Fate".
The subtitle "Writ of Fate" first appeared in a story by Norwegian website gibme.com. This story revealed the existence of Might and Magic IX before there was an official announcement. When asked for comment, a 3DO representative stated that the details mentioned in the article were subject to change, and specifically denied that "Writ of Fate" was the title. It is unknown whether "Writ of Fate" was a working title, but no officially released material from 3DO/New World Computing has ever used it.
- Computer Gaming World
- April 2003 (Issue #225) – Coaster of the Year (together with Heroes of Might and Magic IV)
Related Web Sites
- Hints for M and M 9 (Instead of using a walkthrough, which can spoil parts of the game for you, try using this question and answer system.)
- Might and Magic IX official site (Offers several screenshots and extra information about the game.)
- MM9 FAQ (A simple FAQ covering all quests and manual omissions.)
- MM Worlds (Probably the best resource for tips, tricks and maps for this game.)