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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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Stronghold & Chill – Matt (Programming)

This episode of Stronghold & Chill features Matt Smith, Programmer on Firefly Studios titles such as Stronghold Crusader 2, Stronghold Kingdoms, & Stronghold Next. Learn about what it takes to get into game programming, what the technical term for arrow trails is, and how Firefly used to get into grudge matches over a nice session of Team Fortress 2.

Stronghold & Chill aims to bring the developers at Firefly Studios and it’s communities closer together, so make sure you’re subscribed to us here on YouTube with that notification bell ON to catch brand new episodes with our other developers!

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Stronghold Showcase – Lord of the Rings

With Stronghold players flocking to get the best Game of Thrones based maps from the last episode of the Showcase, we thought it fitting to embrace the other titan of both fantasy and custom Stronghold maps – The Lord of the Rings. With the likes of Helms Deep and Minas Tirith already covered in previous episodes of the Showcase, we head to other hot spots within Middle Earth. The City of Osgiliath, Pellenor Fields, and The Westfold are all available to download now for players wanting to recreate castles and battles from Tolkien’s epic world:

Osgiliath

War in the East

The Westfold

Middle Earth

Four Castles

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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Inspirations Behind Stronghold Crusader

Firefly Studios welcomes you to this brand new Stronghold video series, Inspirations Behind Crusader! So saddle up your camel with grappling hooks and slingshots as we travel back to 1095 in search of the dawn of the Crusades. In this episode we look at the grand picture of this brutal time in history, analysing why the studio chose to travel half the globe to plant its RTS-simulation flag in the sands of the historic Middle East.

Learn about the inciting incidents which led to this two decade long conflict, who the big players were and how the Arabian economy would translate into the Stronghold formula in Firefly’s attempt to make a more fast paced, multiplayer focused counterpart to it’s atmospheric, story-rich beginnings of Stronghold. If you want to see more, we’ll be producing a whole series on the inspirations behind the Crusader titles down the year in addition to our Stronghold Next, Romans: Age of Caesar and community content. Be sure to check out our European series covering the mainline Stronghold games, you can check that out by clicking here.

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Stronghold at E3

The biggest gaming show in the world is soon upon us and Firefly Studios will be revealing the next Stronghold game in June at E3 2019. Check out our final Stronghold update before the show to learn how Nick and company will be unveiling our brand new RTS. Just to tide players over we also reveal a whole host of new information regarding the reveal itself, our post-E3 plans and when you’ll be able to get your hands on the game!

With the help of a bunch of white cards with poorly written notes on them Nick explains among other things how you can get your hands on exclusive Firefly merchandise. Find out where we’ll be taking our Stronghold Next demo, when you can wishlist the game and whether we’ve left any clues as to the setting. If you find this final Stronghold Next update just isn’t enough to fulfil your strategy gamer curiosity then check out our full playlist featuring Q&A’s, interviews, developer updates and more.

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Stronghold & Chill – Natasha (Community Management)

Stronghold & Chill returns this week with a very special episode introducing newest member of the Firefly Studios team Natasha! She will be joining the Marketing team here at Firefly primarily as a Community Manager, hanging out on social media answering fan questions and taking player feedback. Maybe you just want to learn what a Community Manager does, or perhaps you need to know what this may mean in regards to Aaron’s hilarious answers to YouTube comments. Well, this episode has all that and more as we iron our what’s going to be happening with Firefly’s community engagement going forward. Continue reading

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Stronghold Showcase – Game of Thrones Edition

This week we celebrate the Game of Thrones Season 8 premiere with a special edition of the Stronghold Showcase. Spanning two decades of Stronghold, from Stronghold HD to Crusader 2, we explore five different recreations of (in)famous Westeros castles and keeps. So if you’ve ever desired to defend The Wall against a horde of Wildlings, or simply looking to conquer the entirety of the continent to seat yourself on the Iron Throne, we’ve got you covered in this Game of Thrones edition of the Stronghold Showcase. Continue reading

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8 Facts About Romans: Age of Caesar

Firefly YouTube commenters Walder Frey, Le Creeper, Baschdi Ro, Nightshade, Neofusionbeta, Silver Fang, Kasper376 and many others are in the spotlight this week as we run through ‘8 Things You Need to Know’ about Romans: Age of Caesar! Nick has been paying attention to your comments, observations, questions and feedback across our forums and social media to bring you eight of the most important facts about our upcoming co-op city builder. Continue reading

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Romans: Age of Caesar – Community Q&A (Part 2)

This week Nick and Aaron once again dress in ancient Roman attire to answer even more community questions about our upcoming online city builder. Whether you caught our announcement trailer and thought of our very own CivCity: Rome or simply want more co-operative gameplay in your strategy MMO, this second part of our Romans Q&A series reveals everything we can.

Topics cover historical authenticity, similarities to Stronghold Kingdoms, release date, co-op play and the odd Roman meme! Watch as Nick and Aaron reveal our plans for the game and more about the game’s overall design as we continue to develop the game with the help of the Firefly community. Continue reading

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Romans: Age of Caesar – Community Q&A (Part 1)

This week Nick and Aaron don authentic Roman garbs to answer your most pressing questions about Romans: Age of Caesar, our new co-op city builder MMO. Whether you saw our announcement trailer and felt a flood off Caesar-related memories rushing back or simply want a new kind of strategy MMO in your life, this new two-part Q&A series aims to reveal all we can at this early stage.

Watch as we deal with the biggest and most pressing questions, along with a healthy dose of playful comments and Monty Python references! Find out about Romans’ graphical style, RTS elements, barbarian hordes, territory control, gameplay and more! Continue reading