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Let me start by a quote from official FAQ thread on this forum. First question in thread and one that most people wanted to be clarified is:
</div></BLOCKQUOTE>Will there be any town screen?
And the answer is: YES, totally. In the demo shown in Colonia, they used a temporary screen. The final one is said to be in 2D, more like H3 and H4 and not as complex as the H5 ones. Erwan Le Breton, the game producer, said it himself:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content"> Erwan Le Breton: There will be 2D animated town screen in the release version of the game
Later on Facebook Julien Pirou aka Marzhin ( http://www.facebook.com/note.p...e_id=153143868044919 ) said:
First part from FAQ thread is not correct as I have learned from Heroes Community forum. Even Marzhin's post isn't clear enough so majority of people were mislead to believe that there will be fullscreen town screens. There was even a thread here about 2D/3D town screens and fans preferences. To most of us never occurred that this first screenshot labeled as temporary isn't a placeholder and that town screens are going to be in window just like in demo in Colonia. Furthermore Marzhin suggested that we will be able to see town development directly on adventure map in attempt to minimize significance of town screens.Town screen: there is still a town screen, or more accurately, a town window. Each town still have its own theme music and all. It is a 2D, animated town screen. The Haven town screen was part of the missing elements, that's why it was replaced by a mere screenshot for the demo.
You can see more info about a city on its 3D model on the adventure map (not just its town hall and if it has fortifications). You can learn a lot about your adversary's strategy just by observing how he developed his towns.
What this means?
It means that we will get fixed size window for town screen instead fullscreen. If someone thinks that this will improve performance he/she is making mistake. Opening another window on adventure map will decrease performance further. In attempt to needlessly speed up game developers destroyed one of games main features.
Instead of beautiful 3D or 2D screen we will get flashlike, probably non interactive, desolate excuse for town screen.
Please post here your thoughts so we can draw some attention of developers while is still not to late.