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The Legacy of Caesar

This week we bring you a very special ‘Let’s Play’ of the city-building classic Caesar 3, starring the Lead Designer from then Impressions Games – Simon Bradbury. While our new Online MMO Romans: Age of Caesar is deep in Alpha testing, we thought we would turn back the clocks to the time of the floppy disks & CRT monitors in search of the strategy gaming legacy of Firefly Studios & our new Roman title. So whether you are an old school player who enjoyed the glory of the first golden age of city simulation games, or a game dev looking for the differences between making games as a lone freelancer vs a studio head, Legacy of Caesar has you covered!

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Stronghold Showcase – Episode 4

While you wait for more Stronghold Next or Romans: Age of Caesar news, kill your boredom by checking out these fantastic fan-made maps from our previous titles, from the green pastures of Stronghold HD to the hostile deserts of Crusader 2! This episode we bring you a faithful recreation of The Battle for Helms Deep, an intriguing Crusader economic scenario, and of course, a couple of ridiculous skirmish maps for you and your fellow Lords to fight for dominion over.

– HELMS DEEP: https://bit.ly/2tTynhB

– THE DESERT CITADEL: https://bit.ly/2tYjevg

– DOMINVS: https://bit.ly/2HrIJgm

– MARSH OF MISERY: https://bit.ly/2XKRGr3

– ISLANDS: https://bit.ly/2HrLcYa

Do you have a multiplayer battlefield, siege scenario or cosmetic map you think deserves to be in a future episode? Comment and let us know! We’re constantly on the lookout for cool fan-created content and love spotlighting lesser-known creations that go under the radar.

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Stronghold Kingdoms – China World

Conquer this new game world today and experience the latest map expansion for Firefly’s free-to-play ‘castle MMO’ Stronghold Kingdoms. Join over six million Lords and Ladies who already compete online for control over six unique Kingdoms and a brand new world map. Negotiate your way onto one of six thrones with a silver tongue or take power by force with the help of your faction or house! ‘China 1′ is our first game world focussed on the lands of the far east, featuring accurate real-world maps of six unique countries. Rule over your own corner of this new map, before setting your sights on world domination as you scout, trade, explore and attack across our latest game world. Be among the first to secure land and the last standing in Kingdoms’ race for glory, honour and loyal followers as you reach for the crown.

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Inspirations Behind Stronghold – Siege Warfare

This week we bring you a brand new episode of Inspirations Behind Stronghold. Delving deep into our historic RTS castle sims Stronghold HD & Stronghold 2: Steam Edition. Aaron illustrates how Firefly Studios incorporated all the menacing titans of Siege Equipment you as the player use in your castle sieges and resolute defences. From the ever popular Trebuchet to the trusted siege ladder, we’ll show you just how these historic besieging tools were used throughout the Medieval age and how we then balanced them in-game. With note to the famous battles they were used in, these tricks of the warring trade are worth knowing. As they informed our design decisions within the Stronghold titles & who knows, could prove as worthy knowledge for any regular Stronghold player.

This is the final episode of our European series of the Inspirations Behind Stronghold. But don’t be saddened, as we plan to produce another full series on fan-favourite Stronghold Crusader & it’s sequel later down the line. So make sure you hit the subscribe button with the notification bell on to be the first to see our Inspirations Behind Stronghold: Crusader premiere later in 2019!

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Romans: Age of Caesar Interview

This week Firefly co-founders Simon Bradbury and Eric Ouellette are interviewed to shed light on the origins and future of our newly-announced online city builder! Tracing their professional roots back to past studios and a certain roman city sim that started it all, Simon and Eric discuss how all roads have led to Romans. Having coded, designed, produced, composed music and created art for all three entries in the classic Caesar series, many of Firefly’s current staff and collaborators are mining this rich strategy heritage for our new MMO. Add this to Firefly’s experience developing CivCity: Rome and you have the perfect team to take this classic gameplay online in Romans: Age of Caesar!

Developed by a new internal team, Romans: Age of Caesar is our spiritual successor to Stronghold Kingdoms and a completely new strategic challenge for fans of Firefly Studios games. We’ll be levelling up the city builder with Romans by introducing shared roman cities and a single world map on which all players can trade, battle barbarians and explore the empire! Governors will work together to share resources and defeat common threats as they contribute toward the prosperity of their central city. With each new city built players will be able to explore further out, discover new resources and restore the empire to its former glory. Planned for PC and mobile with full cross-platform play, Romans: Age of Caesar is scheduled to release later this year.

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Romans: Age of Caesar – Firefly’s New MMO

We have just announced Romans: Age of Caesar, a co-operative grand strategy MMO and spiritual successor to our online castle builder! Pre-registration for the game’s first closed Alpha is now open, with our announcement trailer revealing Romans to prospective governors worldwide. Building on the unique MMO design of Stronghold Kingdoms, Romans is an online co-op city builder with thousands of players working together to rebuild Rome. The result is a shared world builder that returns to the classic Roman setting designer Simon Bradbury and producer Eric Ouellette made their name with before founding Firefly Studios in 1999.

In Romans players must rebuild the empire as they share resources, re-establish trade routes and protect their cities from barbarian invasion. Experience classic city builder gameplay online across on an entire continent as you build, trade and fight together with 15 other players in each city. Revive the republic and restore the Roman Empire to its former glory! Planned for both PC and mobile with full cross-platform play, Romans: Age of Caesar is scheduled to release later this year.

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Stronghold Lunar Sale

Rest in peace Spencer… This week the Firefly Cinematic Universe loses its brightest star as Spencer Steele, salesman of the year comes face to face with a truth even he cannot handle. Follow Spencer’s final journey to his beautiful New York apartment as he plays classic discounted Stronghold titles one last time. Happy Lunar New Year! In case you hadn’t already realised the Stronghold series is currently on sale on Steam. Get up to 90% off Stronghold titles with 50% off the new Steam Edition of Stronghold 2 and a whopping 80% off fan favourite Stronghold Crusader HD.

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Firefly in 2019 (Stronghold Next & New Project!)

Today Firefly Studios’ resident Stronghold insider Nick returns to reveal our strategy gaming plans for 2019. Not only will you be feasting your eyes on our Stronghold Next reveal this spring, you’ll also be getting a brand new game announcement next week!

Today we’re thrilled to reveal not only that our Stronghold Next reveal is planned for the spring, but also that we’re taking Stronghold to E3! You can expect to see a lot of Stronghold Next this year starting with the world’s best known gaming expo and we can’t wait to show you what we’ve been working on. In addition you can expect an official Stronghold Discord, feature length documentary, behind the scenes videos and plenty of raw gameplay.

For our other fans we have a brand new game reveal planned for next week, as well as plenty of Stronghold Kingdoms updates. Our new title will be another historical strategy game featuring classic Firefly gameplay mixed with a few new innovations, so stick around for the full announcement! Kingdoms players meanwhile can look forward to a healthy dose of updates, new worlds, tournaments and more throughout the year.

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Stronghold Challenge – Episode 1

Join Aaron & Nick for some intense Stronghold 2: Steam Edition action as they premiere the first episode of the Stronghold Challenge! Watch as Firefly’s devs tackle a series of community-suggested challenges in the first of our Challenge series on our official Firefly YouTube channel. This week Aaron takes on numerous Sir Williams before switching gear to take on Olaf and others in one of our favourite community-created maps. This is all while Nick answers your most pressing Stronghold Next questions over the course of our hour-long stream!

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Stronghold & Chill – Programming

Stronghold & Chill returns this week with in-depth discussions, revelations and behind the scenes stories of programming within game dev as Aaron interviews Jack Massey, Junior Programmer here at Firefly Studios. Learn what it takes to cut it in the video game industry as we learn the ins and outs of being a programmer, the bread and butter of a video game studio. Stronghold & Chill aims to bring the developers at Firefly Studios and it’s communities closer together, so make sure you’re subscribed to us on YouTube to catch brand new episodes with our other developers!