Meet the Sultana, Stronghold Crusader??s First Female AINew video highlights the Sultana??s unique behaviour as an AI opponent, Assassins and other specialized unitsSeptember 2, 2014
- Firefly Studios has released gameplay footage of Stronghold Crusader 2 featuring the Sultana, an all-new AI opponent with an affinity for Assassins:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNshMs3yI0I
Nick Tannahill, Marketing Manager at Firefly said, ??Looking back it??s embarrassing that out of 16 AI opponents the original Stronghold Crusader didn??t feature a single woman! A lot of our player data suggests that the Stronghold games have a predominantly male audience, as much as 90%, however this is no reason to resist being inclusive. Each character has their own unique AI behaviours, castle designs and mood depending on how the player interacts with them and the Sultana is no exception. She is not simply a token addition to the game??s cast.??
??Many of our players have a keen eye for cultural and historical detail, which is part of the reason why Crusader 2 features units like the Sassanid Knight, Whirling Dervish and Hussite War Wagon. History is in our players?? blood and while cultural diversity is great we could all do a better job when it comes to gender. You can expect both the launch line up of AI Lords and those added through post release DLC to reflect that.??
An all-new character to Stronghold, the Sultana continues the series' tradition of historically accurate characters with a touch of creative flair. Part of the game's thematic fight for freedom against the invading Crusader hordes, the Sultana prefers deception and intelligent use of the land over brute force. Firefly??s latest developer diary walks players through the basics of the Sultana's attack, army composition and castle economy, highlighting a few effective counter strategies.
Stronghold Crusader 2 can be pre-ordered on Steam with 10% off, exclusive mini-campaigns and more:http://store.steampowered.com/app/232890/
###About Stronghold Crusader 2
Stronghold Crusader 2 is the long awaited sequel to Stronghold Crusader, the original castle sim. Returning to the deserts of the Middle East circa 1189, Crusader 2 features a new 3D engine, authentic castle simulation and real time destruction powered by Havok Physics. Play as Richard the Lionheart or Saladin in two single-player campaigns, skirmish mode or online with up to eight players. For more information visit the website at www.strongholdcrusader2.com
or follow @SHCrusader2
on Twitter.About Firefly Studios
Firefly Studios is an independent PC game developer specialising in real-time strategy and MMO titles since 1999. Formed Simon Bradbury and Eric Ouellette of Caesar and Lords of the Realm fame, the company has brought to market many high profile and commercially successful strategy games. These include the Stronghold series with lifetime sales of over six million and Stronghold Kingdoms, which currently has three million registered players from more than 100 different countries. Firefly has offices in the UK and US, with around 30 full and part-time staff. For more information visit their website at www.fireflyworlds.com
or follow @fireflyworlds
on Twitter. Players can sign up to play Stronghold Kingdoms for free at www.strongholdkingdoms.com
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Title: Stronghold Crusader 2
Developer: Firefly Studios
Publisher: Firefly Studios
Genre: Strategy / Castle Sim
Release Date: September 23, 2014