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
Fireflies Aaron and Nick went over to San Francisco recently to attend GDC 2018. Among all the talks, sessions, games and technology on show there was a bunch of weird things to discover… So here’s our top picks! Watch as Nick struggles to make a bowl of ramen, some American chap with a radio voice does a llama rap and Firefly resists the temptation to ‘grab dem crayons’.
If you liked our GDC 2018 coverage make sure you subscribe on YouTube as we’ll also be covering PAX East, EGX Rezzed and more!
This week we premiere our second new series this month, the ‘Meet The Team’ series! These videos will be dedicated to getting to know each member of Firefly Studios. We’ll be asking them what they do, how they do it, and how they got to where to they are today – and that’s just for starters! Want to know what their favourite game is? Or how many shameful hours they have dedicated to it? Then stick around because those questions are just part of the gauntlet we’ll be putting our devs here at the studio through.
Remember to like and subscribe if you enjoyed the video and stay tuned for more installments of the ‘Meet The Team’ series as we reveal all (not really) about the ladies and gents who make up Firefly Studios.
A new video series exclusive to the Firefly Studios YouTube channel, episode one of our Community Spotlight series highlights a single map, video and content creator all made in the name of Stronghold! Whether you’ve got the taste for a vast new battlefield to add to wage war across or are simply looking to put your feet up with some classic Stronghold tunes this first episode can point you in the right direction.
Special thanks to the Stronghold and YouTube communities for making such awesome content, its hugely appreciated here at the studio and we can’t wait to see what you come up with next. As long as you keep making it we’ll keep ‘spotlighting’ it!
We’ve just released our biggest update yet for MetaMorph: Dungeon Creatures introducing a completely new hero and new content to hack and slash your way through! Adding the game’s first new playable character since launch in the form of the Rat Man, today’s ‘Cloak and Dagger’ update introduces new stealth abilities, traps and options for team composition in each dungeon lair.
• Play a New Hero – Evade, trap and assassinate your enemies as the poisonous Rat Man.
• Power-Up – Unlock new abilities allowing you to cloak and incinerate foes from a safe distance!
• Defeat The Diva – Avenge the deaths of your kin and challenge a new boss across multiple encounters.
• Go Deeper – Explore 15 new dungeon lairs filled with new monsters, mini-bosses and pitfalls.
• Evade New Traps – Dodge new poison-element and rail traps or turn them against the Diva’s minions!
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!
Last week we took a short break from showing off our new Early Access tactical dungeon crawler to run around the PC Gamer Weekender interviewing our fellow developers. Watch as we run through our eight top picks of the show and interview some amazing developers including British videogame superstar Julian Gollop! Follow us as we investigate everything from medieval RPGs and fantasy RTS games to farming simulators and cat dating sims! Featuring Kingdom Come: Deliverance, SpellForce 3, Real Farm, Endless Space 2, Deep Rock Galactic, Purrfect Date, Phoenix Point, Biomutant and of course our very own MetaMorph: Dungeon Creatures.
We also just want to say massive ‘Thank You!” to all the amazing studios that featured in our video. We really appreciate your time during the event and hope to see you again very soon.
To celebrate the Steam Lunar Sale we are putting massive discounts on all Firefly Studios titles, from Stronghold HD all the way through to our new Early Access game MetaMorph: Dungeon Creatures. So what are you waiting for? Go get up to 90% off on satisfying your castle simulation urges!
If that doesn’t convince you, then watch as Spencer Steel presents his legendary gaming hour and takes you through each amazing deal. Whether you want to orchestrate massive caste sieges in the Stronghold series, zap some alien critters in Space Colony, or go on a rampage in a menacing dungeon full of lethal foes in MetaMorph: Dungeon Creatures, the Steam Lunar sale has got it all!
It’s Team Lionheart versus Team Saladin in Firefly Studios’ very first Stronghold community quiz! Stronghold tournament winners Max and Nico take on Firefly veteran Paul and German Community Manager Pascal in this two vs two clash of Stronghold scribes. Questions range from which units a particular building can produce to game-specific protagonists and some oddly specific knowledge of tree physics!
Watch the video in full for Paul’s peerless impression of Pascal Deveraux, bonus points awarded for Firefly’s extensive Stronghold expertise and some particularly impressive fan knowledge to boot. Test your memory of Stronghold 2, Legends, Crusader and other classic titles in eight rounds of nerdy goodness in our first ever devs versus players match-up!
How did Firefly Studios take Stronghold beyond the history books into the realm of magic and fantasy? What was it like designing a medieval strategy game where units could climb or even fly straight over castle walls? Why does the ice dwarf bare an uncanny resemblance to Diego Maradona? Find out the answers to all these questions and more in our latest entry in the ‘Making of Stronghold’ series!
Producer Paul and Lead Designer Simon Bradbury take us through their memories, anecdotes and insights from development of arguably the most left-field Stronghold game released to date. Nick leads the discussion through the game’s inception, combat, units and unique production challenges as our developers look back fondly the title. Featuring new information about the game’s development, sequel speculation and even new information about our next Stronghold game, you’ll want to watch this week’s video all the way through.
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