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Stronghold Crusaders 2 has gone gold!

by: Nathaniel -
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Back in February, our own Randy said that, per Firefly Studios, Stronghold Crusaders 2 was going to be "done when it's done" and that meant Summer 2014.

Well here we are on the cusp of fall but still technically summer and Stronghold Crusaders 2 has gone gold.  It will be out on Steam on September 23.  Not technically summer, but it's close enough that we wont hold it against them.

In the meantime, check out the final dev diary and meet the Wolf.   

Stronghold Crusader 2 Goes Gold, Final Developer Diary Released

New gameplay footage, details on The Wolf??s combat style and recommended strategies against the series' antagonist

September 10, 2014 - Stronghold Crusader 2 has gone gold and to celebrate Firefly Studios has released new gameplay footage of the series?? most notorious AI opponent:

??Stronghold is known for its tendency to test players?? mental dexterity, and with the resurgence of these kinds of games it makes perfect sense to include The Wolf,?? the developer said in a new blog post. ??We want this addition to the cast of AI characters to reinforce our message that Crusader 2 retains the series?? sense of challenge. When you are victorious against The Wolf, or any character for that matter, it should feel like an absolute triumph.??

An opponent who taunts the player with lines such as ??I would rather tear down your castle with a spoon than offer you assistance,?? The Wolf does not mince words. As an AI Lord he is not the greatest ally, his aggressive attitude and unpredictable mood making military assistance or trade unlikely. As an AI opponent however The Wolf provides skilled Stronghold players with the worthy challenge they seek.

Skirmish matches against The Wolf are characterised by his ability to build strong defences early on, turtling until he can amass an army of the game??s most heavily armoured units. Rushing The Wolf is difficult, but the longer players leave him alone the more dangerous he becomes! In order to stand a chance, players must match his numbers and employ effective counter-troops. Crossbowmen are required to pierce his troops?? thick armour and Pitch Ditch is needed to set his Swordsmen ablaze. Units who are weak against armoured troops, such as the Whirling Dervish, should be avoided.

Stronghold Crusader 2 can be pre-ordered on Steam with 10% off, exclusive mini-campaigns and more:



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.

©2014 FIREFLY STUDIOS LIMITED. All rights reserved. Stronghold Crusader 2 and FIREFLY STUDIOS LIMITED are trademarks or registered trademarks of FIREFLY HOLDINGS LIMITED

Game Info

Title: Stronghold Crusader 2
Developer: Firefly Studios
Publisher: Firefly Studios
Platforms: PC
Genre: Strategy
Release Date: September 23, 2014
Price: $49.99