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Today Firefly Studios releases their fifth major update for Stronghold: Warlords, adding a host of fixes and general improvements in preparation for future content. The castle sim developer also revealed the second part of Warlords’ planned post-release content roadmap, introducing a new AI opponent in the form of Kublai Khan, a new ‘skirmish trail’ of missions, the Thunderbomb Thrower unit, Wolf Warlord, and more:

“We rely on the honesty of our community and RTS players generally to shape post-release plans for Stronghold: Warlords, but also future games in the series,” said Nick Tannahill, Marketing Director at Firefly Studios. “Stronghold simply wouldn’t have a 20-year history, if it wasn’t for the passion and belief people have in the series. So we hope these new updates reflect that by giving players greater challenge and variety in their castle sieges until we’re ready to talk about what comes next”.

Firefly Studios’ update roadmap for Stronghold: Warlords is divided into separate tracks. Minor updates will add incremental improvements such as general fixes, quality of life features, optimizations, new maps, and other content available within existing game modes. The summer and autumn months will also bring a new mystery update which provides a fun spin on existing mechanics, with more details to come later in the year.

In addition, a further two major content updates are planned in this period, addressing areas of the game players hoped to see expanded post-launch. A common request to be addressed in this content roadmap is to do with expanding the game’s roster of AI opponents. After the positive reception of Sun Tzu in April, Kublai Khan will be coming soon to Stronghold: Warlords, growing our cast of AI in skirmish mode, multiplayer, and future skirmish trail missions. The grandson of Genghis Khan will bring with him a new castle design, along with fresh strategies to outthink and armies to outmaneuver. The addition of this new AI opponent also feeds into Firefly’s second planned major update for the period, a second Skirmish Trail Update.

Stronghold: Warlords’ new skirmish trail will bring with it at least 10 new single-player missions, providing unique scenarios to overcome for veteran players. Set across a mix of existing and new battlefields, recreated from some of the finest Stronghold multiplayer maps over the past 20 years, each will challenge players with unique opponents, resources, tactical options, and more. Alongside this second trial of missions, players can expect a new Thunderbomb Thrower unit and the Wolf Warlord, adding another ‘mini AI’ to the game with a unique perk and battlefield abilities.

Version 1.5 of Stronghold: Warlords will be released on Steam and GOG, with all content revealed in today’s summer and autumn roadmap becoming available in the coming months.

About Stronghold: Warlords

The latest ‘castle sim’ RTS from Firefly Studios, Stronghold: Warlords allows you to recruit, upgrade and command AI warlords across the battlefield. Each warlord under your command boosts your strategic prowess with their own unique perks, characteristics, and upgradeable abilities. Use them to boost your industry, fortify defenses, 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. Stronghold: Warlords is Firefly’s first game to recreate the castle economies of East Asia, allowing you to command Mongol hordes, imperial warriors, and samurai clansmen as you lay siege to Japanese castles and fortified Chinese cities. Besiege historical warlords using new gunpowder-fuelled siege weapons and a completely new way to play Stronghold.

About Firefly Studios

Firefly Studios is an independent PC games developer specializing in real-time strategy and MMO titles since 1999. Formed by Simon Bradbury and Eric Ouellette of Caesar and Lords of the Realm fame, the company has brought to market much high-profile and commercially successful strategy games. These include the Stronghold series with lifetime sales of seven million and Stronghold Kingdoms, which currently has over eight million registered players. Firefly has offices in the UK and US with around 30 full and part-time staff.

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