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Stronghold on Console

Today we announce that our favourite 3D castle game Stronghold 2 will be making its way to the SEGA Dreamcast on April 1st 2019! A fully realised demake of the original title, Stronghold 2 for Dreamcast will run at a crisp 640×480 retaining all the game’s original features and online play. In today’s gameplay reveal franchise stalwart Maxwell Chuggerton runs us through this exciting new announcement, confirming that the original castle sim will soon join a rich and variety heritage of console games. Already up and running, powered by the platform’s rare Windows CE operating system, Stronghold 2 for Dreamcast is the first of Firefly’s castle building games to arrive on console. Continue reading

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Top 7 Custom Maps

Have YOU already beaten Stronghold Crusader 2 or one of the new and improved Steam Editions of Stronghold 2, Stronghold Legends and Space Colony? Are YOU sitting there right now thinking “I know and love these games. If only I had a few extra maps to try out!” while staring at the wall waiting for Stronghold Next to come out? Well it’s safe to say that with this week’s video your prayers have been answered.

Today Nick runs us through seven of our favourite custom maps currently available to download and play in seconds on Steam Workshop, assuming you’re not still running a 56k modem and waiting for your parents to get off the phone line… We picked seven of the best Stronghold community maps from the Workshop pages for our games, even throwing in an enjoyable Space Colony scenario for you Stig fans out there!

Credits to Sir Gareth the Ganjagrinder, Sebastien Le Hardi, acv55555, -V-, MooSSiah, Amir P, Impaa and Spinnx!

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How (Not) to Play Stronghold 2

With the recent release of Stronghold 2: Steam Edition we wanted to highlight the newly integrated Steam multiplayer features in an “intense” 1v1 face-off between Firefly Studios devs. While we’re not entirely we achieved the intensity we were aiming for we do feel like Paul and Nick’s Stronghold 2 exploits are at least entertaining. So check out our latest Firefly Studios clash and let us know what your favourite multiplayer map on Facebook and Twitter!

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Stronghold Halloween Update

A terrible spell has been cast over your (mostly) innocent peasants with the arrival of our Stronghold 2 and Stronghold Legends Halloween updates! Something horrible has happened to your faithful subjects, their once endearing visage twisted and corrupted by the artists at Firefly Studios. Your only hope is to resist the temptation to hollow out and decorate their new noggins, instead putting them to work away from your corrupted keep. You could try burning your problems away with the new wholly cosmetic green wildfire, although we’re told the curse can only be lifted by those who cast it…

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Top 5 Community Strongholds

To celebrate the recent release of Stronghold 2: Steam Edition and the game’s new Steam Workshop support we have picked our top five community strongholds! From impenetrable designs and castles plucked from the pages of your favourite fantasy novel to faithful recreations of historic castles and entire cities, the Stronghold community does not disappoint.

For 15 years maps, castles and landscapes have been created in our various map editors that we never thought possible. Players have created entire functioning cities, faithfully recreated battlefields from Game of Thrones, challenged fellow players with near perfect defences and more. Here we collect our picks for the most varied designs, all of which still technically fall into the category of ‘castle’!

Credits to Xetas, SUBINDXSUBIN, Cra, TheLoudOne and SergiuHellDragoonHQ! Continue reading

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Stronghold 2 Workshop Competition

With full Workshop support added as part of the Steam Edition update, it’s easier than ever to share your iconic castles, historic battlegrounds and epic fantasy landscapes! With over a hundred maps uploaded since launch we’re encouraging further historic (re)creation by running our very own custom map competition! Demonstrate your creativity, technical design skills and ingenuity to the Stronghold community and you could win a lifetime’s supply of Firefly Studios games! See your custom map featured on the official Firefly website, social media accounts and anywhere else we can tell the world about your awesome creation. Continue reading

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Out Now – Stronghold 2: Steam Edition!

We are pleased to announce that Stronghold 2: Steam Edition is now available to download and play! Discounted by 15% during launch week and released as FREE update for existing owners on Steam, this new remaster is designed to future proof one of your favourite Stronghold games. With new content, enhanced graphics and a reworked UI the Steam Edition brings Stronghold 2 into the modern era for both veterans and Stronghold newbies. Continue reading

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Stronghold 2 – Original Vs Steam

Our FREE Steam Edition upgrade for Stronghold 2 is almost here! With just a week to go before the long awaited re-release arrives on October 5, we take a closer look at the game’s visual enhancements with a side-by-side graphical comparison. Thanks to enhanced visuals, widescreen support and a reworked user interface, you can now keep better track of your pitiful subjects, observe a greater area of the battlefield and watch closely as medieval life unfolds within your castle walls. Perhaps now those lazy peasants will think twice about stealing from the granary! Continue reading

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Coming Soon – Stronghold 2: Steam Edition

We are pleased to finally announce that Stronghold 2: Steam Edition will be released on Steam as a free upgrade for existing owners of the game on October 5th 2017. Created exclusively for Steam, Stronghold 2: Steam Edition comes with Steam multiplayer, achievements, visual enhancements, six new maps, a digital art book, official soundtrack and Steam Trading Cards. The Steam Edition also updates Stronghold 2 with full Steam Workshop support, allowing to you easily create and share custom maps with friends. Recreate iconic real-life castles, battlegrounds from medieval history and scenes from your favourite fantasy epic! Continue reading

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The Making of Stronghold 2

Ever wondered what it was like for the original Stronghold 2 developers to produce a highly anticipated sequel to the original castle sim? Then watch our new ‘Making Of’ feature and find out exactly what it was like, straight from our two most senior members in the London office. Designer Simon Bradbury and Producer Paul Harris, both of whom worked on the original release of Stronghold 2 in 2005, discuss custom engines, new features and working with one of the biggest publishers in the world! Continue reading