FireFly Studios have revealed the next chapter in the Stronghold series: Stronghold Crusader 2. This middle-eastern sequel promises to deliver "epic fast-paced skirmishes" alongside traditional castlebuilding and turtling, using an enhanced graphics and physics engine.
Though FireFly will front much of the money themselves, they plan to swell the war chest via crowd funding rather than partner with 7Sixty again.
Stronghold Crusader 2 will feature vastly improved visuals, a sleek new battle interface and engine enhancements including real-time physics. "Epic fast-paced skirmishes against fiendish AI opponents" will break out on all-new maps with new unit classes, new traps, and castle designs unlike any seen before in the series.
“Stronghold Crusader is our favorite game, it’s our fans’ favorite game and it’s the game we have been waiting to put into production for several long years now. Now Firefly Studios finally has that chance and we will not disappoint,” said Simon Bradbury, CEO of Firefly Studios and Designer of Stronghold Crusader 2.
Fan support will be critical, since Firefly intends to use Gambitious to acquire more development funds as the project progresses.
“Crowd funding is a revolution for small, independent developers like ourselves and through Gambitious we hope to supplement the development of Stronghold Crusader 2,” said FireFly president Eric Ouellette. “With the support of our fans we can release Stronghold Crusader 2 when it’s absolutely perfect and push the game to new heights.”
Firefly has everything to prove after Stronghold 3 proved to be an embarassing glitchy mess at launch. Here's hoping that Stronghold Crusader 2 will redeem the series when it releases in "late 2013."