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Firefly Devs React

Today we unveil a brand new community series we’re doing here at Firefly Studios, Video Game Developers React! Using the studio’s wealth of experience and insights behind the video game industry, we aim to educate (and hopefully entertain) video game enthusiasts who want to learn more about design, programming, art and music.

For our debut episode, we bring in industry veteran Simon Bradbury to examine some classic Strategy and RTS games, some of his own creation and others by studios in the same genre. Watch as Simon muses on how they were made, played and what impact they may have had on him and fellow developers at the time.

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Stronghold Show #3

We’re back once again with another instalment of the Stronghold Show, your one-stop shop for everything Stronghold and Firefly Studios related. With updates straight from the developers on Stronghold: Warlords, Romans: Age of Caesar and secret future projects.

This month we dive into one of the best Stronghold community videos we’ve ever seen, featuring the often forgotten child of the Stronghold series: Stronghold Legends. As a chaser we turn to the ever growing Stronghold: Warlords Steam Workshop community for a truly draconic work of art. Finishing we have Zade, one of our favourite gaming content creators and a welcome supporter of the Stronghold: Warlords development process.

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The Stronghold Show

Today we unveil our brand new Stronghold community series, The Stronghold Show! This project is a quest to reconnect with our older titles and the players who loves them now that Stronghold: Warlords has been released on Steam and GOG. We’ll be covering everything you need to know about the Stronghold series, including all the wonderful community and creator content that supports it. So if you wanted a one-stop show for all the latest castle sim news… This is it!

For now we’re hoping to produce one episode per month, keeping fans well informed about everything surrounding both the Stronghold series and our non-Stronghold titles. So whether you’re looking for a new map in Stronghold 2: Steam Edition or the finest tactics from top strategy gamers, make sure you stay tuned for future episodes.

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Stronghold Sessions

This week we return to our community series ‘Stronghold Sessions’ to hear directly from Senior Programmer Matt Smith on the inner coded workings of the upcoming Stronghold: Warlords. Matt has been one of the key developers here at Firefly Studios for the last few years, working on everything from Stronghold Crusader 2 to Stronghold Kingdoms. So today you can sit back and relax as he takes you through what it’s like to be working on the systems and mechanics of our historical RTS series.

Our Stronghold Session interviews are intended to bring the fans and developers of the ‘castle sim’ series closer together, by giving you an extended look at who does what for the series and how they do it! We have extra episodes covering Production, Marketing, Programming, Design and 2D Art, so make sure you check out our YouTube channel for more.

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Stronghold Sessions

Stronghold: Warlords once again takes a break as we return to the Stronghold Sessions. In this episode Marketing Director and video regular Nick Tannahill explains what it takes to steer the marketing ship on a series like Stronghold. From the re-branding of Stronghold as an MMO experience with Stronghold: Kingdoms, to approaching an entirely different area of history with Stronghold: Warlords.

The Stronghold Sessions are intended to bring the fans and developers closer together. By giving you an extended look at who does what for the Stronghold series and how they do it. We have more episodes covering Production, Programming, Design and 2D Art so make sure you check out our YouTube channel for more!

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Stronghold Sessions

Welcome to Stronghold Sessions. Today marks our second episode in a series of extended, unedited interviews lifted from the ‘20 Years of Stronghold‘ documentary released last year. Join us as we sit down with Paul Harris, General Manager and Producer of many Stronghold and non-Stronghold titles here at Firefly Studios for more than 15 years! Paul discusses the early beginnings of Stronghold 2 including tales from the trenches, design goals and player feedback. We then move onto how ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘His Dark Materials’ inspired Stronghold Legends and even what Paul’s ideal future Stronghold title would look like. Suffice to say the man is a fan of castle customisation! Continue reading

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Simon Bradbury Interview

Welcome to Stronghold Sessions, our new series on Firefly Studios’ YouTube! These videos will be a selection of extended, unedited interviews taken from our ‘20 Years of Stronghold‘ documentary released alongside our initial Stronghold: Warlords announcement. First up is Firefly co-founder and Lead Designer Simon Bradbury, a key architect on every Stronghold title to date. Here we discuss the early beginnings of Firefly Studios, development stories from the Stronghold series and even where Simon sees the games heading in the future after Stronghold: Warlords releases later this year.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statement

You might be wondering what’s happening at Firefly Studios during the COVID-19 outbreak and if it has affected us in any way. Rest assured that we are all well and still working on our main projects: Stronghold: Warlords and Romans: Age of Caesar

However, following government advice, we have now switched to working remotely. Will this impact our work or the content that we deliver? We hope not. We are working with our team to make sure everyone has access to everything they need to work effectively, but please bear in mind that there may be some interruptions or delays in online content as we settle into this new routine. Most importantly we do not expect this change to affect any game releases and everything is still on track as planned.

Our marketing and community team will continue to work hard to bring you as much Stronghold content as you can handle, so look after yourselves, each other and don’t forget to wash your hands.

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Firefly Outtakes 2019

To celebrate the end of 2019 at Firefly Studios we’re giving you behind the scenes footage and outtakes from the last few months of Stronghold: Warlords and Romans: Age of Caesar videos! Using comedy gold from our development diaries, trailers and location shoots we take a look back at all the failed takes, missed cues and jumbled sentences our ‘actors’ stumbled into while trying to bring you the hottest news about our upcoming titles.

Thank you so much for watching all our weird and wonderful videos over the last 12 months! If you want to stay up to date on everything we do, from the shows we attend to the games we release, our YouTube channel is your one stop shop for everything Firefly Studios.

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Stronghold & Chill – Ben T (Production)

Stronghold & Chill is back! Join Aaron as he interviews Online Producer Ben Tarrant about what he does at Firefly Studios and how production plays a key role in the development of our titles from Stronghold Kingdoms to Romans: Age of Caesar and Stronghold: Warlords. As one of the newer members of the studio Ben has been tasked with keeping everyone on track and in the loop when it comes to Romans: Age of Caesar and Stronghold Kingdoms. It’s a mighty job and one that he excels at. So if you’ve any interest in video game production or development strap in and take notes!