Stronghold: Warlords Developer Diary Reveals New, Classic Features

Firefly Studios has released a pair of developer diaries for Stronghold: Warlords, the latest historical real-time strategy game in their legendary ‘castle sim’ series. From siege towers and Fear Factor through to new formations, combat and wall building, Stronghold: Warlords will launch with a bevy of player-requested features. “In terms of core features Warlords is a love letter to fans of the series,” said Nick Tannahill, Marketing Director at Firefly Studios. “We’ve taken Stronghold to a completely new setting, but also brought back fan favourite units like Laddermen and Siege Towers. In addition, we’ve made some big improvements to unit … Continue reading Stronghold: Warlords Developer Diary Reveals New, Classic Features

E3 2019: Stronghold Warlords Goes to Ancient Asia

Today Firefly Studios revealed Stronghold: Warlords, the latest historical real-time strategy game in their legendary Stronghold series. Making its way to Windows in 2020, this new entry will allow players to control AI commanders across the battlefield. From the 3rd century BC China through to the coming of the Mongol Empire in 1200 AD, Stronghold: Warlords allows players to relive famous historical battles and sieges against great khans, imperial warlords, and shogun commanders. “We’re adding a touch of grand strategy to Stronghold,” said Simon Bradbury, Lead Designer at Firefly Studios and creator of the Stronghold series. “It’s a deceptively simple … Continue reading E3 2019: Stronghold Warlords Goes to Ancient Asia

Characters Revealed For Firefly’s New IP MetaMorph: Dungeon Creatures

Stronghold creators Firefly Studios are preparing for the Q4 Early Access release of its new character switching, class based dungeon crawler with the release of a new hero trailer. ‘The Ogre’ as he is simply known is the first spirit form players will acquire in-game and as a tank provides new strategic options. An ancient force of nature returned to life for the battle against Death’s armies, the Ogre makes up for his slow speed with the ability to control and absorb damage from large mobs: “A bruiser would be the kind of archetype The Ogre fits into” said Jack … Continue reading Characters Revealed For Firefly’s New IP MetaMorph: Dungeon Creatures

Trailer: Stronghold Crusader 2

Fans of the classic castle building series can now return to the deserts of the Middle East circa 1189 in Stronghold Crusader 2, with the game out now on Steam. A new launch trailer has been released to mark the occasion, showing the developers battling it out in online multiplayer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzjAb1h2TmE

After two years of development Stronghold Crusader 2 is now available. Looking back on the game’s development, the team posted a thank you message on the official website:

“Thank you for supporting us and making Stronghold Crusader 2 possible. This is our first ever independently developed and funded Stronghold game, built with your encouragement, feedback and support over the past two years. It is far from the end for Crusader 2, with content updates, DLC and patches all planned to follow in the weeks and months after launch, but it gives us great pleasure to say that the game is now available on Steam!

Just like you some of us, having worked on Stronghold Crusader back in 2002, have been waiting for this moment for over twelve years. From the very first day of development it has been an honour to work on this project and we hope Crusader 2 meets your expectations as fans of the first game and the series as a whole.

If you enjoyed spending long nights fending off fiendish AI opponents and friends in the original, Crusader 2 will provide you with everything you need to relive those memories. With two campaigns, six skirmish trails, eight AI characters, co-op, a map editor, free build mode and a selection of multiplayer maps, Crusader 2 delivers the long-lasting challenge you expect from a Stronghold game. We can’t wait for you to try it out.”

The game is now available on Steam, with a Special Edition that includes Stronghold Crusader HD, ‘The Art of Stronghold Crusader 2’ digital art book and full soundtrack composed by Robert Euvino.

Final Stronghold Crusader 2 Developer Diary Released: The Wolf

Stronghold Crusader 2 has gone gold and to celebrate Firefly Studios has released new gameplay footage of the series’ most notorious AI opponent: “Stronghold is known for its tendency to test players’ mental dexterity, and with the resurgence of these kinds of games it makes perfect sense to include The Wolf,” the developer said in a new blog post. “We want this addition to the cast of AI characters to reinforce our message that Crusader 2 retains the series’ sense of challenge. When you are victorious against The Wolf, or any character for that matter, it should feel like an … Continue reading Final Stronghold Crusader 2 Developer Diary Released: The Wolf

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