A Long Awaited Castle Sim

Stronghold Crusader 2 is the long awaited sequel and the latest game in the Stronghold series expected to come out in March 2014. The previous “castle sim” game by Firefly Studios was released long ago in 2002 and is still honored among fans. The updated version, Stronghold Crusader Extreme was released in early 2008, but was not as successful.

“A deserving follow up to the legendary Stronghold Crusader” – Gamekult

Stronghold Crusader 2 develiopment was supported by a strong community of fans. Firefly Studios expected to raise funds in the amount of 100,000 Euro via gambitious crowdfunding platform, however, the campaign did not fully fund, and all pledges have been cancelled. Nevertheless, Stronghold Crusader 2 will still be made, as Firefly Studios assured us. Due to lack of fundings, some additional game content will be available a little later after the game release (as a mix of free downloads and DLC). Together with the single player campaign, a Stronghold Crusader 2 multiplayer beta will be released, with the most lucky fans to receive invites.

“A remarkable level of visual detail” - Joystiq

As announced, Stronghold Crusader 2 will feature over 20 new units, such as Dervish or Slave Driver, Sassanid Knight, Christian Sergeant, Templar, Ranger and Healer. Three new siege weapons promise a lot of fun! Classis units of Stronghold Crusader will be present as well, updated to fit the new 3D engine. By the way the whole game will be in 3D including characters, buildings and units, all made possible using an enchanced Vision Engine featuring Havoc physics. As Stronghold Crusader true fans are well aware of the Caliph, the new Crusader feature a single player Arabic Campaign.

“It’s already shaping up to have many of the core gameplay elements that made the original so popular” – Co-Optimus

Stronghold Crusader 2 is expected to be a realistic and authentic castle simulator, the developers confirmed no magic will be featured. Special abilities for selected units are announced, such as a whirling attack for the Dervish, and an attack boost for slaves by the Slave Driver. Long awaited formations for units will be present.

“A unique co-op experience” – Polygon

Steam support is announces, as well as friends lists and game invites between fellow crusaders. One of the most awaited features is multiplayer co-op mode, which will allow several players to work on the same castle. In this scenario two players can split war and peace obligations, with one fellow running the economy (using brand new economic system), and the other one waging war.

External Stronghold Crusader Links

Firefly Studios Website: www.fireflyworlds.com
Stronghold Crusader 2 Official Website: www.strongholdcrusader2.com
Official facebook page: www.facebook.com/StrongholdCrusaderII

Stronghold Crusader 2 - Gamescom 2013 Trailer


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