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Kingdoms Comes to Windows 10

Now available on Windows 10 via the Microsoft Store, Stronghold Kingdoms is the next evolution of the classic castle-building series from Firefly Studios. Kingdoms invites players to conquer countries, continents or an entire medieval world with grand strategy gameplay. Win power through trade, diplomacy or force as you explore a vast research tree to specialize and carve out your corner of each game world.

Completely free-to-play with all in-game items obtainable through gameplay and special events, Kingdoms rewards long term strategic planning above all else. Infiltrate enemy Houses, bankroll your allies with a fully-functioning war economy or take them head on. How you conquer the world of Kingdoms is entirely up to you with the fate of each game world yours to shape in the months and years to come.

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Stronghold & Chill – Game Design

Stronghold & Chill’ returns this week as Aaron from Firefly introduces a new member of the team in the form of Game Designer and occasional programmer Stephen! Our series of informal developer interviews introduces you to the people behind your favourite castle-building series, taking you behind the scenes at Firefly Studios’ London office. From Lead Designer Simon Bradbury and Producer Paul all the way through to our Junior Programmers and Senior Artists watch as we play a little Stronghold and discuss the making of the original castle sim.

In today’s episode Aaron asks Stephen how he managed to enter the games industry as a designer, his favourite memory working on the series and even tries to tease out a little Stronghold Next info! See what you can gleam from his response and enjoy another episode introducing a new team member to our growing YouTube community!

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Best of Stronghold Streams

Ever wondered what truly Top Tier Stronghold gameplay looks like? We’ll you’re probably not in the right place for that… If it’s humour and behind-the-scenes banter with the community however then boy do we have the series for YOU. Introducing our first ‘Best Of’ compilation created from our first nine Firefly Friday weekly streams.

Watch and laugh (with us) as our intrepid developers showcase their castle building prowess and besieging tactics in a dizzying array of Stronghold playthroughs. Each week we take a new Stronghold title or game mode, pitting our developers against the AI or each other in a fight to the finish. Watch as everything from economic war and free build challenges to impromptu dragon duels and deathmatch tear our developers apart for your viewing pleasure!

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Inspirations Behind Stronghold

While work continues behind-the-scenes on the Stronghold Next gameplay reveal, we take a look back at our legacy and the history that inspired it in a brand new series exclusive to the Firefly Studios YouTube channel. Introducing the ‘Inspirations Behind Stronghold’! In our first episode of this new series we explore the annals of yesteryear and explore the history of classic Stronghold units you’ve commanded on the battlefield since 2001.

What were the origins of the crossbow? How did you become a Knight? Were ‘Warrior Monks’ actually a thing? All these questions and more are answered in our first episode! As this is a completely new series produced in the midst of pre-production for the Next gameplay reveal, we’d love to hear your feedback! If you want a particular area of the Stronghold series covered next, be it siege equipment, castles or the Lords themselves, be sure to comment below to let us know.

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Community Spotlight

After last week’s deluge of new Stronghold Next info we return to our YouTube-exclusive Stronghold ‘Community Spotlight’ series! Once again we delve into the internet’s endless supply of fan-made Stronghold content, selecting a lucky few to be showcased on our official channel. So whether you’re researching new crusading strategies or simply looking to relax to covers of the Stronghold soundtrack after a siege, this week’s community gems may be able to help! So check out today’s special map, video and content creator related to the Stronghold series along with our usual community Q&A at the end.

MAP – ‘Serpentile’ by hmulder66

VIDEO – ‘Stronghold – CastleJam (Oud Cover)’ by Med Anass

CREATOR – Udwin

Once again thanks to the Stronghold community on YouTube and elsewhere for making such awesome maps, music and videos. We are huge fans of your work at the studio and remember as long as you keep making it, we’ll keep ‘spotlighting’ it. If you have any questions or suggestions for future episodes be make sure to sign up to the Stronghold Facebook Group and make yourself heard!

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13 Facts About Stronghold Next

With our Stronghold Next gameplay reveal still a few months out the developers here at Firefly thought a fresh info drop might satisfy those news cravings! Enter Nick with a bunch of new info about our upcoming Stronghold title, delivered exclusively on the Firefly Studios YouTube channel. Watch as we reveal fresh details about the game’s new setting, gameplay mechanic, returning units, siege equipment and more. We’ve done our best to reveal as much as we can at this point without spoiling our gameplay reveal planned for later this year. We hope this is enough to tide you over until then, so please enjoy our latest Stronghold Next update and look forward to more in the coming months!

Want More?

  1. Be the first to see our full Stronghold Next gameplay reveal by subscribing to Firefly Studios on YouTube.
  2. Check out our Stronghold Next playlist, which we’ll be updating with new videos in the coming weeks and months.
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Stronghold Kingdoms – Dev Q&A

Seeking new challenges? Contests? Prizes? Then allow us to update you on our immediate and longer term plans for Stronghold Kingdoms. In our latest developer interview, two of Kingdoms’ programmers cover everything from new village features, UI improvements, balancing, larger updates and more to give you a clear idea of what the immediate future looks like for the game. We also reveal new details about the upcoming events-based ‘Tournaments’ system and share what players can look forward to across all worlds and platforms!

If you’d like to know more about the Tournaments update or if there happens to be a particular topic not covered in this week’s video please let us know! We’re constantly listening out for questions from the Kingdoms community in the comments under each new video, so make yourself heard and we’ll try to feature your question in a future release.

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Stronghold Summer Sale

To celebrate the launch of Steam’s 2018 Summer Sale we have added massive discounts to all Firefly Studios titles, Stronghold or otherwise! We have also traveled back to a simpler time of comic books, trading cards and charming 8-bit graphics. Why? To teach those strangely fashionable 90s kids a thing or two about the future of castle sieging! Enter the latest character in the Firefly cinematic universe: Dunk Slater.

Watch as a disembodied but extremely well-informed voice educates Dunk on the finest medieval warfare PC gaming has to offer. Enjoy various pop culture references, terrible accents and questionable acting while simultaneously finding out everything you need to know about this year’s summer discounts! Be sure to check out the sale after watching and perhaps you too could have your life forever changed in the same way as young Dunk here.

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The Making of Space Colony

This week we’re travelling up to the stars with Space Colony, Firefly’s intergalactic base builder featuring a world of Swedish bikers, space chickens, orbital golf courses and the galaxy’s answer to velociraptors. Constructing space stations, paying your crew and melting alien creatures into small puddles of goo was the mission way back in 2003 and today we found out how Firefly came to follow up the birth of the Crusader series with this interesting offshoot. Join Simon and Paul as they recall the trials and tribulations of developing Space Colony off the back of two unique medieval strategy titles and collectively switching gear as a studio. From crafting a brand new armory of sci-fi art assets to designing gameplay around oxygen supplies, allow our veteran devs to lead you down memory lane in this latest ‘Making Of’ episode from the team.

If you liked this new episode don’t forget to subscribe and check out previous entries in the series by watching ‘Stronghold: The Early Years‘!

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MetaMorph – Stars & Skills Update

We have just released another free content update for MetaMorph: Dungeon Creatures, our tactical dungeon crawler currently available on Steam Early Access. Introducing four ultra-hard ‘Star’ levels as well as a trio of powerful new abilities to reward the completionists out there, today’s ‘Stars & Skills’ update is now live for all players!

If you like adventuring as the Rabbit but prefer to keep your distance from foes at times, then the inventively-named ‘Sworderang’ should fit the bill! Just remember that hurling dual scimitars in an arc directly at your enemies isn’t the solution to all life’s problems. As our second new ability, Flame Spirit adds to the ranged repertoire of the Fire Nymph with a large scale area of effect attack triggered in the blink of an eye. Finally our hulking Ice Ogre gains the ability to send out an icy Roar, freezing all enemies in his path for the inevitably follow-up clobbering. Continue reading