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.
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.
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!
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!
This week we’re back with another episode of the Stronghold Showcase! This new series sees Firefly Studios highlighting hidden gems from Steam Workshop, Stronghold Heaven and other Stronghold fan sites giving new life to classic titles. Whether you’re seeking a fresh Crusader skirmish map on which to battle friends or a brand new siege scenario to test your mettle in Stronghold we have you covered! Selecting maps from Firefly Studio’s legacy titles with active map making communities and easy access via Steam Workshop or Stronghold Heaven, Aaron showcases a series of awesome custom maps to dig your teeth into until Stronghold Next surfaces:
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.
Stronghold & Chill is back! Join Aaron as he interviews Marketing Manager Nick Tannahill about what he does at Firefly Studios and the role marketing plays in the development of the Stronghold series and other games at the studio. Joining the company as an intern when Stronghold Kingdoms was on the brink of reaching the heights of Steam’s free-to-play charts, Nick is now the head of marketing at Firefly having worked on every title since 2012. Over the years Nick has put his own stamp on what makes a Stronghold game great.
Stronghold & Chill aims to bring the developers at Firefly Studios and it’s communities closer together, so make sure you’re subscribed to Firefly Studios on YouTube.
Matt doesn’t know what to do with his hands, Paul does and Andreas keeps messing up his lines… It’s must be the Firefly Studios end of year outtakes! We take you behind the scenes to everything from how we’ve been improving retention and begging for subs through to what has come to be known as the ‘Hubba Bubba Saga’.
Watch as we fail time and time again to produce useable footage with two whole months’ worth of company outtakes. There’s swearing, sweating and everything in between as we pull back the curtain revealing our inner workings and ‘creative process’.
We hope you enjoy this bumper dose of outtakes and look forward to many more in 2019!
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.
Multiplayer! Units! Defenses! Our latest Stronghold Next video reveals new details by answering 40 of YOUR questions about the game. Join Nick and Aaron for a detailed discussion about our upcoming game, guided by questions from previous Stronghold Next videos.
Ahead of our full update from the team next week, today Firefly illuminates a few finer details requested by fans. How many Lords can join a multiplayer game? Will there be healing units? Will regular troops be able to knock down castle walls? Together these smaller issues make a huge difference to Stronghold, so we’re laying out our plans at this early stage.
If your questions weren’t in today’s video it’s because we simply can’t discuss the topic until after our gameplay reveal. We will however continue to answer fan questions on YouTube and live streams after the reveal, so keep them coming! Don’t forget to subscribe to Firefly Studios on YouTube to catch our full development update and gameplay reveal.
Ever wondered what inspired Firefly Studios to tackle the intricacies of medieval ‘castle life’ with the Stronghold series? Well look no further! This week Aaron guides you through the studio’s creative journey in a new video, realizing a virtual feudal society in its series of medieval castle sims.
Learn how Simon and the original Firefly developers selected which specific feudal industries, services and traditions would make it into the original Stronghold way back in 1999. Find out why your peasant populace were made to be mostly blithering fools as Simon recalls the various torture devices littered throughout your castle.
This is the penultimate episode of our European ‘Inspirations Behind Stronghold‘ series, with our next and final episode featuring the varied siege equipment and castle defenses featured in our strategy series. So make sure you follow Firefly Studios on YouTube to catch our final episode in the series and look forward to more eastern Crusader-themed videos in 2019!
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