Journey Eastward

Besiege Great Khans, Imperial warlords and Shōgun commanders in Stronghold: Warlords, the next RTS in Firefly Studios' classic 'castle sim' series. The first Stronghold to recreate the castle economies of the Far East, Warlords lets you take command of Mongol hordes, imperial warriors and samurai clansmen as you lay siege to Japanese castles and fortified Chinese cities. Besiege historical rulers using new gunpowder-fuelled siege weapons, classic units and a completely new way to play Stronghold.

Recruit Warlords

For the first time ever Stronghold: Warlords allows you to recruit, upgrade and command AI lords across the battlefield in the form of in-game ‘Warlords’. Each warlord under your command boosts your strategic prowess with unique perks, characteristics and upgradeable abilities. Put them to work for your industry, fortifying borders, forging weapons or team up for a pincer attack! Each campaign mission, skirmish game and multiplayer battle means a fresh set of warlords to command and new strategic depth to discover.

Rewrite History

From 3rd century BC China through to the coming of the Mongol Empire in 1200 AD, Stronghold: Warlords allows players to relive famous historical battles and sieges from across the Asian continent. Starting with the kingdom of Âu Lạc in Vietnam, players will take part in the founding of the Qin dynasty, Kamakura shogunate and eventually the arrival of Genghis Khan on the world stage. Recruit warlords to your cause and conquer each kingdom using Mongolian bowmen, imperial fire lancers, disciplined samurai and classic laddermen.

Latest News

Warlords Alpha Gameplay
September 5, 2019

Our first ever playable demo of Stronghold: Warlords made it across the world this month as we flew from Gamescom to PAX West, finally letting fans get their first hands-on experience with the game courtesy of our hardworking developers. Stronghold players of all ages and experience levels gathered at our booths to try out the new Warlords system, gunpowder-fuelled siege equipment, East Asian units and devious castle traps!

Why only allow the lucky few who were fortunate enough to be at these massive shows the chance to see our brand new Stronghold in action? Good question! Off the back of the warm player reception we received in both Cologne and Seattle we thought it would be a great idea to let the entire Stronghold community feast their eyes on the Warlords System and our Alpha demo in action! In the demo Firefly’s very own Aaron Hayden walks us through the titular Warlords System, also showcasing new buildings, units, siege equipment and castle defences as we present the first ‘vertical slice’ demo of Stronghold: Warlords.

See the full story here: Warlords Alpha Gameplay

PAX Gameplay Trailer
August 29, 2019

Playable for the first time ever stateside at PAX West 2019, Stronghold: Warlords is the latest in Firefly Studios’ classic ‘castle sim’ series. Today we reveal the first ever Warlords gameplay taken direct from our PAX alpha demo, in a brand new gameplay trailer that hints at the power and depth of the new Warlords system. Watch our latest trailer now for an early look at some of the new units, siege weapons and castle defences coming to Stronghold in 2020!

In Stronghold: Warlords victory is decided by players who effectively target and recruit AI Warlords in each mission or map. By recruiting specific Warlords at the right time players can send themselves extra resources, buff their army, launch sieges from Warlord castles or even team up for a pincer attack! By unlocking more powerful castles, armies and abilities each Warlord has the potential to disrupt the flow of battle and turn the tide in your favour.

100 Quick Questions
August 8, 2019

We’re back again with brand new Stronghold: Warlords content! This week we answer more than one hundred quick-fire community questions from you about our latest mainline castle sim with the help of Senior Coder Matt Smith. Watch as Matt and Nick run through some of your most pressing concerns and queries around Warlords, including but not limited to… The Warlords system, graphical upgrades, the official soundtrack, new unit abilities, siege engines, the possibility of a beta, 2D, 3D, 2.5D, release dates, characters, campaigns and much more!

All questions have been taken from our comment section here on YouTube, but also from Facebook, Twitter, Discord and Reddit as we keep an ear to the ground for all feedback as development continues. If you have a question you don’t see answered here make sure you drop it in the comment section below and you too could end up featured in a future Q&A or video down the line. As announced last week we’re aiming to release two Stronghold: Warlords videos monthly from now until release next year. So if you’d like to be first to see future trailers, new instalments in our Feature Spotlight series, dev updates and everything else related to our exciting new venture into China, Mongolia and Japan make sure you’re subscribed here on YouTube!

See the full story here: 100 Quick Questions

Behind the Studio (2019) – Part 1
August 1, 2019

This week premiering our brand new Behind the Studio series, Aaron invites you behind the game dev curtain to walk through Firefly Studios’ plans for both Stronghold: Warlords and Romans: Age of Caesar in 2019 and beyond. Find out how to stay up to date on everything Firefly Studios including where to get the latest information on Stronghold and Romans, our latest community videos and of course all the trailers, interviews and livestreams your strategy gamer heart desires. So if you want to stay in the loop on our game dev adventures make sure you are subscribed to us here on YouTube for weekly updates on our titles and studio developments.

See the full story here: Behind the Studio (2019) – Part 1

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