Based in London, England
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Firefly Studios is a BAFTA nominated video game studio consisting of around 30 full and part-time staff, specialising in strategy games since 1999.
Founders Simon Bradbury and Eric Ouellette first met in the 90s at Impressions Games, while working on the Caesar and Lords of the Realm franchises. The freelance coder and producer eventually decided to break off on their own and set up Firefly Studios in 1999, with the aim of merging the City Builder and Real-Time Strategy genres. After working out of a small rented room in South London for two years, their small team accomplished this with the release of Stronghold.Stronghold
Stronghold was released in 2001 to critical acclaim and commercial success. The gaming press agreed that Firefly had managed to bring players a title which successfully merged the City Builder and RTS, without sacrificing the fun or depth found in either genre. The game became a surprise hit for publisher Take Two particularly in North America, the UK and Germany, where on PC it beat Grand Theft Auto 3 in the Christmas charts. Critics praised the game's unique premise, British charm and playability. A year later Firefly released Stronghold Crusader, which shifted the game's setting from medieval England to the Middle East and featured a more fast-paced RTS experience. Crusader would eventually become the fan-favourite Stronghold game. Both games went on to sell over 2 million copies each.Self-Publishing and Free-to-Play
Seven years and seven games later Firefly, having felt the effects of the 2008 credit crunch which caused funding to disappear for their ambitious hack-and-slash RPG Dungeon Hero, decided a change was needed. Working with a skeleton team of four the developer quickly prototyped, iterated and released a closed Alpha for Stronghold Kingdoms, Firefly’s first foray into free-to-play, without a publisher. Over the course of the next two years the Kingdoms player base grew from tens to hundreds of thousands. The game entered open beta in 2010 and launched on Steam in early 2012. It would remain in the Top 10 Most Popular free-to-play games on Steam for two years, with more active players than games backed by colossal IPs such as Star Trek and DC. Stronghold Kingdoms would eventually come to iOS and Android, with the launch of the game's mobile version eclipsing the original Steam release in downloads. A sequel to the fans’ favourite Stronghold game, Stronghold Crusader 2 was revealed at Gamescom 2012 and eventually released on September 23rd 2014 after two years in development. On launch day the long awaited strategy sequel became the number one top selling game on Steam, boosted up the charts by a warm critical reception and long-time fans of the series.Future
Today Firefly remains independent, self-publishing strategy games for long-time fans and castle lovers everywhere. Work continues on both updates for Stronghold: Warlords and Romans: Age of Caesar, a spiritual successor to Stronghold Kingdoms which is set for release on both PC and mobile platforms. Firefly's latest entry in the Stronghold series was announced at E3 2019 and launched on March 9th 2021. Featuring a new Warlords system which allows players to recruit, upgrade and command AI Warlords across the battlefield, Stronghold: Warlords is the first title in the series to recreate the castle economies of East Asia. With a warm critical reception at launch and commercial success, the Stronghold team managed to create the most polished and inventive 3D Stronghold to date. As a franchise Stronghold has now sold over 7 million units, with Firefly employing around 30 full and part-time staff worldwide across all projects. The developer continues to specialise in unique strategy games that satisfy both long-term fans and history lovers everywhere.
YouTube Channel Trailer - YouTube
Warlords Launch Trailer - YouTube
Romans Teaser Trailer - YouTube
Warlords Skirmish - YouTube
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Awards & Recognition
- "Best PC GAME - BAFTA Interactive Entertainment Award Nominee" - BAFTA, 2002
- "Develop Top 100 UK Developer" - Develop 100, 26 July, 2013
- "We’re not catering to the Call Of Duty market."
- David Jenkins, Metro
- "I’ve found at least as much pleasure in playing it, as my 17 year-old self did with Stronghold in 2001"
- Nate Crowley, Rock, Paper, Shotgun
- "Unlike other titles in the genre, Stronghold Kingdoms is persistent online."
- Peter Willington, Pocket Gamer
- "For old, war-tested Stronghold players Crusader 2 is a triumphant evolution."
- John-Paul Jones, Strategy Informer
Nick Tannahill on Twitter
Personal Twitter for Marketing Manager Nick Tannahill (@FireFlyNick) available at twitter.com.