King’s Bounty (a.k.a Heroes 0)

King’s Bounty is widely considered to be the precursor for much of the gameplay in the Heroes of Might and Magic series, both of which were published by New World Computing and designed by Jon Van Caneghem.

Among the many similarities, an emphasis on hero development and combat style are especially prominent in both. In the introduction to the player manual of Heroes 3, van Caneghem credits King’s Bounty as the precursor to Heroes of Might and Magic.

King’s Bounty (DOS version)
King’s Bounty: The Legend (GOG.COM)

The 2001 PlayStation 2 title Heroes of Might and Magic: Quest for the Dragon Bone Staff is an enhanced remake of King’s Bounty made by 3DO.

In 2007, the Russian game publisher 1C Company purchased the property rights to the King’s Bounty franchise and attached the name to a title being developed by Katauri Interactive, a company located in Kaliningrad. Prior to the name change, the game’s working title was Battle Lord. The game was published in 2008 as King’s Bounty: The Legend (GOG.COM).

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