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Warlords Alpha Gameplay

Our first ever playable demo of Stronghold: Warlords made it across the world this month as we flew from Gamescom to PAX West, finally letting fans get their first hands-on experience with the game courtesy of our hardworking developers. Stronghold players of all ages and experience levels gathered at our booths to try out the new Warlords system, gunpowder-fuelled siege equipment, East Asian units and devious castle traps!

Why only allow the lucky few who were fortunate enough to be at these massive shows the chance to see our brand new Stronghold in action? Good question! Off the back of the warm player reception we received in both Cologne and Seattle we thought it would be a great idea to let the entire Stronghold community feast their eyes on the Warlords System and our Alpha demo in action! In the demo Firefly’s very own Aaron Hayden walks us through the titular Warlords System, also showcasing new buildings, units, siege equipment and castle defences as we present the first ‘vertical slice’ demo of Stronghold: Warlords.

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PAX Gameplay Trailer

Playable for the first time ever stateside at PAX West 2019, Stronghold: Warlords is the latest in Firefly Studios’ classic ‘castle sim’ series. Today we reveal the first ever Warlords gameplay taken direct from our PAX alpha demo, in a brand new gameplay trailer that hints at the power and depth of the new Warlords system. Watch our latest trailer now for an early look at some of the new units, siege weapons and castle defences coming to Stronghold in 2020!

In Stronghold: Warlords victory is decided by players who effectively target and recruit AI Warlords in each mission or map. By recruiting specific Warlords at the right time players can send themselves extra resources, buff their army, launch sieges from Warlord castles or even team up for a pincer attack! By unlocking more powerful castles, armies and abilities each Warlord has the potential to disrupt the flow of battle and turn the tide in your favour.

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100 Quick Questions

We’re back again with brand new Stronghold: Warlords content! This week we answer more than one hundred quick-fire community questions from you about our latest mainline castle sim with the help of Senior Coder Matt Smith. Watch as Matt and Nick run through some of your most pressing concerns and queries around Warlords, including but not limited to… The Warlords system, graphical upgrades, the official soundtrack, new unit abilities, siege engines, the possibility of a beta, 2D, 3D, 2.5D, release dates, characters, campaigns and much more!

All questions have been taken from our comment section here on YouTube, but also from Facebook, Twitter, Discord and Reddit as we keep an ear to the ground for all feedback as development continues. If you have a question you don’t see answered here make sure you drop it in the comment section below and you too could end up featured in a future Q&A or video down the line. As announced last week we’re aiming to release two Stronghold: Warlords videos monthly from now until release next year. So if you’d like to be first to see future trailers, new instalments in our Feature Spotlight series, dev updates and everything else related to our exciting new venture into China, Mongolia and Japan make sure you’re subscribed here on YouTube!

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Behind the Studio (2019) – Part 1

This week premiering our brand new Behind the Studio series, Aaron invites you behind the game dev curtain to walk through Firefly Studios’ plans for both Stronghold: Warlords and Romans: Age of Caesar in 2019 and beyond. Find out how to stay up to date on everything Firefly Studios including where to get the latest information on Stronghold and Romans, our latest community videos and of course all the trailers, interviews and livestreams your strategy gamer heart desires. So if you want to stay in the loop on our game dev adventures make sure you are subscribed to us here on YouTube for weekly updates on our titles and studio developments.

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Stronghold: Warlords – Feature Spotlight

In terms of features Stronghold: Warlords is being designed in many ways as a ‘greatest hits’ compilation. That said just because we’re bringing back plenty of fan favourite units and options doesn’t mean certain core Stronghold elements can’t be improved upon. Today we delve into fan requested troop and wall changes that have been on our radar for some time now in our first ever Feature Spotlight.

Returning to the classic 2D-style wall placement has been a goal of our 3D games for years now and with Warlords we feel closer than ever. Taking advantage of 3D to introduce proper unit displacement and collision has also been a goal for some time. Each of these improvements are coming in Stronghold: Warlords, along with a whole host of changes requested by the community.

After the positive reception to our previous Warlords video we’ve also decided to turn these Feature Spotlights into a full series! Over the next few months we’ll be using each episode to explore key systems and features in the game, some classic Stronghold and others completely new. Whatever part of the game interests you most there will be a Feature Spotlight for it and we’ll be paying close attention to the comments below for any suggestions you might have.

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Stronghold: Warlords – 7 Classic Features

What do Laddermen, the Scribe, Siege Towers, Strong Walls and Fear Factor all have in common? They’re beloved features of past Stronghold games returning in Stronghold: Warlords! Hot on the heels of our E3 announcement Nick returns to run through seven classic castle sim features returning in our latest Stronghold title.

Revealed earlier this month at E3 2019, Stronghold: Warlords is a step forward for Stronghold gameplay but also something of a greatest hits in terms of features. A new version of the Scribe will return in several areas of gameplay, Fear Factor and other castle life features will allow you to customise your economy as you please and both Laddermen and Siege Towers make their glorious return! Walls have also been completely reworked to build better, feel more customizable and stronger than ever before. Continue reading

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Firefly Studios Announces Stronghold: Warlords

Besiege Great Khans, Imperial warlords and Shōgun commanders in Stronghold: Warlords, the latest in Firefly’s classic ‘castle sim’ series. Command AI warlords across the battlefield as you build a castle economy and new gunpowder-fuelled siege engines!

For the first time ever Stronghold: Warlords allows you to recruit, upgrade and command AI lords across the battlefield in the form of in-game ‘Warlords’. Each warlord under your command boosts your strategic prowess with unique perks, characteristics and upgradeable abilities. Put them to work for your industry, fortifying borders, forging weapons or team up for a pincer attack! Each campaign mission, skirmish game and multiplayer battle means a fresh set of warlords to command and new strategic depth to discover. Continue reading

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20 Years of Stronghold

We’re celebrating Firefly Studios’ 20th Anniversary with a feature length documentary about the history of the Stronghold series! Featuring 12 interviews with our founders, producers, artists, programmers and marketers, we take you through the entire history of the series. From the first alpha build of Stronghold in 1999 through to Stronghold Crusader 2 and our upcoming project Stronghold Next, set to be revealed at E3 2019.

So whether you’re a hardcore Stronghold fan who’s been with the series since day one or an RTS fan looking to find out more about Stronghold Next, this documentary tells you everything you need to know about our medieval strategy games. From the brutal and bloody sands of the Crusader games to the grandiose magic of Legends and the new setting of our next game in the series, this is our entire development history as told by the creators themselves.

So relax, pour out an ale and treat yourself to double rations as we recount the game dev tales of the Stronghold series in preparation for the grand reveal of our brand new castle sim next week at E3 2019.

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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 Next Update

Following our extensive Mega Q&A series we’re rounding off the year with a full development update for Stronghold Next! We dive into the production, programming, art and design of Next in our first ever dev diary. Watch as four Stronghold developers reveal brand new details about the game!

Player feedback is already a huge part of the development and in our new update we go into specifics. We’re improving castle walls, adding classic castle life features, a more cinematic single player campaign and more. In addition the team are planning technical improvements including staged castle destruction, better textures and of course all-new units.

While this is our final Stronghold Next video for 2018 you can expect much more in 2019! We’ll hit the ground running next year working toward our gameplay reveal and everything to come between that and release. Don’t forget to subscribe to Firefly Studios on YouTube to catch the news as soon as it’s available.