The Arabic Campaign will be a fully featured single player campaign focusing on the exploits of the Arabic forces during Firefly’s tongue-in-cheek rendition of the Crusades. A first for the Stronghold series, this new campaign will be comparable in length to the game’s Crusader campaign with around the same number of missions.
Players will assume the role of the mighty Saladin, rather than Richard the Lionheart. Commanding his troop of Arabic freedom fighters, after the invasion of their lands at the hands of the brutal Crusaders, the Saladin must rebuild his army, seek vengeance on those that betrayed him and take back what was lost to Richard and his armies.
“We hope fans enjoy this twist on the standard Stronghold formula, which gives the game a sense of balance and equal attention to the Arabic side of this historic conflict”, said Marketing Manager Nick Tannahill. “It’s almost a shame we had to reveal this early as it would have made a nice surprise for players, but hopefully they will still enjoy commanding the Saladin and the game’s new Arabic faction units”.
Scheduled for release in early 2014, Stronghold Crusader 2 will be digitally self-published by Firefly Studios. Additional funding is currently being sought through a new games-centric crowd funding platform Gambitious. Funds raised will be put toward an extended development cycle, a closed beta and additional game content.
More news and information on Stronghold Crusader 2 can be found at StrongholdCrusader2.com and fans can help fund the latest crusade at Gambitious.com. Twitter users can follow @SHCrusader2 and @GambitiousInc for updates on the crowd funding campaign and development of Stronghold Crusader 2.
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About Firefly Studios
Firefly Studios is an independent PC game developer specialising in real-time strategy and MMO titles. Formed in 1999 by Simon Bradbury and Eric Ouellette, the company has brought to market a number of high profile and commercially successful strategy games, including the Stronghold series with lifetime sales of over five million. Firefly has offices in the UK and US. For more information please visit their website at www.fireflyworlds.com or follow @fireflyworlds on Twitter.
The first ever professional crowd funding platform specifically for the games industry. Gambitious is a professional environment where game developers, their fans and serious investors can identify one and other and collaborate for mutual benefit. A combination of the donation based pre-sale model with an equity-based model, Gambitious allows more serious games investors to take a revenue share giving them a piece of the pie in the projects they decide to support. The Gambitious management team harnesses the knowledge and expertise of its experienced staff of developers, producers, marketers and publishers to provide a filter for new game projects. Whether a project is proposed by a world-renowned team or an up-and-coming indie, the Gambitious team challenges them to think all the way through the process and present a real business case for bringing their project to market.