Stronghold Crusader 2 is the long awaited sequel to the original castle sim. After 12 years Stronghold returns to the desert with a new 3D engine and powerful Havok Physics. Firefly Studios will recapture the original Crusader’s addictive, fast-paced gameplay and authentic castle simulation.
User reviews: Mixed (1,238 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 22, 2014

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"fun castle rts, havn't played anything but campaign but the combat and building is fun. Needs better production chain descriptions though."

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December 9

Winter Update Now Live

Workshop, Map Pack and Advanced Multiplayer Features

We are happy to announce that the Winter Update for Stronghold Crusader 2 is now live on Steam! Today’s release (Version 1.0.19990) adds full Steam Workshop support, six new skirmish maps voted for by players and advanced multiplayer features including Strong Walls and Double Health Walls.

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Steam Workshop

• Upload and share maps through Steam.
• Download and play user-created maps and missions.
• Vote, subscribe and comment on maps.
• Publish direct to Steam Workshop from the Map Editor.

Classic Map Pack

• The River
• North Vs South
• A Friend Indeed
• Great Euphrates
• Green Belt
• The Ford Across The River

Available on the Steam Workshop Page

New Multiplayer Advanced Options

• Strong Walls
• Double Strength Walls
• Trade Restrictions
• No Trebuchets
• No Assassins
• No Traps
• No Engine Towers
• No Fire

Additions

• Waterfalls added to the Map Editor.
• Steam Group Chat button added to the Multiplayer lobby.
• Multithreaded pathfinding improvements.
• Optimisation for formation movement code.
• Increased range at which Siege Camps can be placed near enemy units and buildings.

As our first expansion-style update for Stronghold Crusader 2, we hope the Winter Update conveys our commitment to the game post-release and into 2015. Players can now log into Steam, automatically download the latest version and gain access to six new skirmish maps by visiting the Crusader 2 Steam Workshop page. In addition to Steam Workshop support and the Classic Map Pack, we have also added several advanced Multiplayer features requested by players. These Multiplayer options are designed to allow Crusader Lords and Ladies to tailor their experience of the game by turning off certain units, gameplay features and even change the way walls can be damaged by other players.

Please enjoy the new update and look forward to more content and DLC next year!

Note - The above version number should now appear at the bottom of the main Crusader 2 title screen. If the version numbers do not match up please exit the game and restart your Steam client, doing so until you force the new update to download. All maps included in the Classic Map Pack must be downloaded via the Crusader 2 Steam Workshop page. This can be accessed via the Steam client or by logging into the Steam Store through a web browser.

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November 28

Winter Update Revealed

Coming December 9th

On December 9th we plan to release a special Winter Update for Stronghold Crusader 2. Our first free expansion-style update for the game introduces full Steam Workshop support, six classic Crusader maps lovingly recreated by our designers and advanced Multiplayer options such as Strong Walls! Our biggest upgrade to the game since launch, the Crusader 2 Winter Update was designed from the ground up with the Stronghold community in mind.

Steam Workshop

The headline feature in our December update, Steam Workshop provides you with the official means to share and rate custom maps. Uploading a map or mission designed to test the mettle of your fellow lords is easy. Simply publish direct to Steam Workshop using automatic tags to sort your map by size and type, with custom tags available should you wish to go into more detail about your creation.

Don’t use the Map Editor? Then think of Steam Workshop as a treasure trove of custom maps, missions, historical castles and fantasy replicas just waiting to be downloaded. Never again will you have to trawl the internet for an accurate recreation of Minas Tirith or the Siege of Jerusalem. Using Steam Workshop you can get up and running in minutes, playing your chosen map in-game after just a few clicks. Load it up in Skirmish Mode, Free Build or go online and use the lay of the land to your advantage against friends in a Multiplayer death match!

Classic Crusader Map Pack

Available the minute our new update goes live, these six maps will be downloadable direct from the Crusader 2 Steam Workshop page. Voted for by players over the course of development, it was your Tweets, forum posts and Facebook comments that helped us settle on six of the most popular maps from the original Stronghold Crusader.

Recreated in 3D for the first time, the new maps are completely free for existing players and include such favourites as North vs South and A Friend Indeed, the latter of which can be seen in the images below. We can’t thank you enough for helping us decide which maps to include. Have a favourite map of your own? Why not try your hand at creating it in the Map Editor and publish your masterpiece to our Steam Workshop page on December 9th for the world to see!

New Screenshots: A Friend Indeed

Advanced Multiplayer Options

Since launch players have filled the Crusader 2 forums with requests for advanced Multiplayer options. In response the team has spent the past few weeks noting down, coding, testing and balancing these features in preparation for the Winter Update. Many new options will be included to help tailor your Crusader experience, tweaking settings to feel more like the original game or changing things up with the newer options at your disposal. To name but a few, we are adding the option to turn on Strong Walls, Double Health Walls, enable a ‘No Fire’ mode and add restrictions to the trade of resources, food or weapons. You can expect more features to be revealed when the update goes live.

We hope you enjoyed our Friday info blast! Please enjoy the above new screenshots and make sure you try out the Winter Update on December 9th. This is a huge step forward for the game and the Crusader team is looking forward to more updates and DLC drops like it in the future.

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Reviews

“For old, war-tested Stronghold players Crusader 2 is a triumphant evolution of the game that they've held dear for the last twelve years.”
8/10 – Strategy Informer

“The game feel polished and modern: It’s properly 3D-modelled and constructed around a rigorous physics engine.”
4/5 – Empire

“Unique, fast-paced castle-building action the way it was meant to be.”
8/10 – Hooked Gamers

Update Notes



Our first expansion update for Stronghold Crusader 2 is now live! The Winter Update adds six new skirmish maps, Steam Workshop support, advanced Multiplayer features and more. The headline feature in our December update, Steam Workshop provides you with the official means to share and rate custom maps. For everyone else it's a treasure trove of maps, missions, historical castles and fantasy replicas just waiting to be downloaded. Also available is the Classic Map Pack, six maps recreated from the original Stronghold Crusader and downloadable direct from the Crusader 2 Steam Workshop page.

In addition Stronghold Crusader 2 now features advanced Multiplayer options and new engine optimizations. The team has spent the past few weeks coding, testing and balancing new Multiplayer features such as Strong Walls, Double Health Walls, a special 'No Fire' mode and other custom options for advanced players. These help tailor your Crusader experience, allowing you to turn off certain units, gameplay features and even change the way walls can be damaged by other players. Finally we have a new set of engine tweaks added as part of our post-release update plan, including optimization for formation movement, pathfinding improvements and the addition of waterfalls to the Map Editor, allowing us to recreate maps like Great Euphrates!

Special Edition

The Special Edition includes:

  • Digital Soundtrack Composed by Robert Euvino
  • 'The Art of Stronghold Crusader 2' Digital Art Book
  • Stronghold Crusader HD: Full game on Steam - Already own it on Steam? Gift it to a friend!

Special Edition Customers


To access your digital art book and soundtrack please install the game, navigate to the game folder and open up a folder titled ‘Special Edition’.

By default this is located at:

C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\Stronghold Crusader 2\Special Edition

If you installed the game in a different location on your hard drive the ‘Special Edition’ folder will appear in your chosen location. The game’s soundtrack can also be accessed through the Steam Music Player, which can be found under the Library tab by clicking on ‘Music’.

About This Game

Stronghold Crusader 2 is the long awaited sequel to Stronghold: Crusader, the original 'castle sim'. After 12 years Stronghold returns to the deserts of the Middle East circa 1189, with a new 3D engine and realistic castle destruction powered by Havok Physics. Crusader 2 will recapture the original game’s addictive, fast-paced gameplay and authentic castle simulation.

True to its roots this new Stronghold will define old school real time strategy, combining RTS and city builder gameplay. Playing as a brutal Crusader Knight or Arabic freedom fighter, you must use a deadly array of troops and destructive siege equipment to decide the fate of the holy lands. Lead your forces into battle as either Richard the Lionheart or the Sultan of Syria in two historic single-player campaigns, with dynamic events such as tornados and locust swarms. Become the greatest Lord by managing your desert economy and seizing control of vital oases.

To dominate the battlefield you will need to command more than 25 unique unit types, mastering their special abilities. Raise morale with the Sergeant at Arms, charge in with the Sassanid Knight, use Archers to launch an arrow volley or scale castle walls with the deadly Assassin. Once your skills have been perfected put them to the test in skirmish mode or take the battle online with up to eight human and AI players. Create teams, choose different AI opponents and design your own map in the ultimate skirmish or multiplayer game!

Key Features


  • Build the Ultimate Castle - Design mighty strongholds and fill them with fiendish traps to crush your enemies!
  • Skirmish Mode - Lay siege to your enemies in fast-paced custom skirmish matches against the AI.
  • 8 Player Multiplayer - Mix and match human and AI players, maps and game modes to set up your ideal multiplayer game.
  • Battle a Wide Range of AI Lords - Classic AI characters return alongside new blood, each with distinct personalities, castles and play styles.
  • Challenge the Crusader Trail - Test your mettle across a range of increasingly tough skirmish campaigns.
  • Co-op Play - Share control over castle building, troop control and resource management in Co-op Mode.
  • Castle Sandbox - Dive into the Map Editor or Free Build mode and construct the ultimate castle without fear of attack.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows® XP/Vista/7/8 with latest service packs
    • Processor: Intel® Core™2 Duo 2Ghz or equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® 8800GT 512MB or AMD Radeon™ HD 2900XT 512MB or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows® Vista/7/8 64-bit with latest service packs
    • Processor: Intel® Core™ i5 or equivalent
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 460 1GB or AMD Radeon™ HD 5830 1GB or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
144 of 206 people (70%) found this review helpful
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
No, it's not the world's best sequel - the amount of stuff added to this game in comparison to crusader 1 is minimal, which is sort of upsetting considering this game has come out 12 years after its' predecessor. However, I do not find my money wasted on this game. As a fan of the stronghold series and a proud owner of all the games (save one that I'm not too proud of...you can guess which), I will happily say that this game is the first stronghold game to not be a total waste of your time since 2002 with crusader 1 itself. On top of that, I highly recommend buying this if for nothing else than supporting the small indie studio Firefly Studios in hopes that, now without their 2K publisher forcing release dates on them, we can begin to see some proper sequels in the stronghold lineup to recover from...a troubling past, to say the least. Perhaps a stronghold 4, or even the possibility of a Legends 2 (Don't kill me, we all know somewhere inside we want a better legends :D)

With gamespy down, this is also the only remaining stronghold game besides the abysmal pile that was stronghold 3 to have functional multiplayer without the assistance of a 3rd party tool that can sometimes, to inexperienced users, be a large pain in the ♥♥♥ to use properly. So for crusader multiplayer with ease, this runs through the steam servers allowing you to simply invite your friends and such as you would for Team Fortress 2 or something.

Buy this to support firefly and enjoy the first stronghold game in 12 years to not suck right out of the box...or download in this case. And if not, do yourself at least the favor of, if you don't already, going and purchasing Stronghold HD and Stronghold Crusader HD on steam or GoG.com or somewhere - those 2 games, alongside this one, will not fail to give you hours of fun.
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75 of 118 people (64%) found this review helpful
22.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
Well this game was a bit of a let down for me. I enjoyed playing the first one and bought this game when it came out. It felt just like playing the orignal. All that has changed is the graphics and slight gameplay tweaks that were problematic in the original. Other then that its exactly the same game. Only their are more people playing this one in multiplayer but I am sure that will die out as their is little that is enticing to the repetative gameplay. Key bindings is a huge downfall I really would like to customize my key bindings to optimize my gameplay but I have not figured out how. Its not in the options page (first place you would think to look...) If you like the first one and own it dont bother paying for this because its exactly like the first one. I have not played any multiplayer matches to me a game should hold its own in singleplayer and branch from there. Game is unpolished and lacks replayability. Overall 3/10 in my opinion
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96 of 157 people (61%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 4
Its not like the old game infact everyrthing is small and very slow with gathering things and it just doesnt have that "Stronghold Feel" like the other games do and, i don't know if its me but i feel like a alot of things were taken out but in all this game isnt worth $49.99
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71 of 116 people (61%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 28
If you enjoyed stronghold crusaders 1 then dont buy this game, honestly it will kill the whole amazing easy experiance of stronghold crusaders, this game is a sorry follow up from a very amazing game.
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27 of 40 people (68%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 9
Do you want a castle sim? Do you want that medieval atmosphere of Stronhold 1? Dealing with famine, diseases, economy and war? Well, my friend, then you are in luck! .... For this is not the game you are looking for!

I get that the devs gave it a shot. The game has a heart. As someone who throughout the year followed firefly studios, it is clear that it is now but a shadow of what it used to be. With very little resources they wanted to do their best.

However, as hard of a shot they gave, to me, everything just fell apart from the very moment you start the game, and here is why:

The artwork is just sad. Egyptian hieroglyph looks better than what we see here.
UI is terrible, it feels very alpha. *cough* look at that type font *cough*
No economy, just a lifeless corpse of a castle that spits out little clones to either attack or defend it.
If you wanted a sim, like me, you wont see people chatting and going about their lives, there is no micro management. Nothing to see. Where are the citizens, the animations?
Take SH1, just awe at the amount of detail that it had, moss in the walls, cracks in the wood and stone. Even wind ffs.
Unfortunatly, you cannot stop and think: is this just a SH3 reskin with less bugs?

Is it a waste of time? God no. The gameplay is bland but at times, you may find some joy in it. Fans will do a fair bit of it out of pure nostalgia. Smashing walls can be fun.

In the end, the game just doesn’t do much for you to like it for very long.
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51 of 86 people (59%) found this review helpful
28.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
unfinished game not worth the 40 payed for it almost makes me never want to buy a stronghold game again
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24 of 38 people (63%) found this review helpful
177.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 7
It is a very exciting game. it is very similar to the predecessor just in a 3D graphic.
And that's what i like.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
28.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 13
I thought that Stronghold Crusader 2 would have been a good game as the developers could have remedied the issues that came up in Stronghold 3 and applied it to this game. My hopes have been let down yet again. There is an insane amount of lag like Stronghold 3, when you click on the icons they do not always respond, when you mouse over the icon information like cost and materials does not always pop up, I have had buildings vanish as though I never built them even though the materials are gone, and too many other problems to count. I have wasted my money yet again on this game series. Never again. To hell with those that made this game and to hell with those that gave birth to them. I would recommend spending your hard earned money on something better.
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19 of 31 people (61%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 10
5/10
I wont lie, I was a little dissapionted with this game when I first stared playing, I was a big fan of its predecessor 'Stonghold crusader', this was by far one of my favorite games when I was younger.
Pros and cons:

PROS- The graphics in-game have been updated, although not as much as you might hope for, especially for the fact that the old one came out 12 years ago.
- It is much harder to appease the peasants who flock to your castle, this does make the game a bit more challenging when it comes down to 'laying siege' to an enemies castle, at least in multiplayer. You can starve your enemy in a manner of speaking.
- There are new units, athough most of these are nearly identical to the predecessors, using some of the same quotes and one-liners.
- The walls fall down in 3D, instead of dissapearing,
- Destruction of castle walls and towers, looks better,
CONS- the Opening menu was a major dissapointment, i dont really know what i expected but the predecessors kicked ♥♥♥ compared to this new one.
- The new AI sucks, really sucks, (eg. the enemy computer always gets free siege equipment)
- The graphics aren't that imppressive for the amount of processing power it takes to run the game.
- The price tag for what you get is practically extortion.
- If you arent familiar with the game it is quite hard to understand the mechanics of the game, depsite the introduction campaign/scenario
- The new voice acting for the AI is just generally annoying, in my personal opinion they should have used the old voices from the last game.
- The mulitiplayer menu, is the same as the opening menu, a dissapointment
- There is a building and troop limit, whilst understandably for lower end computers is unchangeable, but there should be a way to adjust it.

All in all the game leaves you feeling a little underwhelmed, to be honest if your thinking of buying this game do yourself a favour and wait until a sale, save yourself the dissapointment of spending a lot of money on something that isn't quite up to standard.
I do know that Firefly are releasing updates and extensions so hopefully in the future they may be able to fix some of the problems, and annoyances.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 14
♥♥♥♥ing pish
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38 of 70 people (54%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
Crashes all the time. Nothing to do with my computer, just the game itself is way to buggy.
Way too many glitches. I don't think I'll get to see this game getting fixed.
Too many flaws to fix, just like Stronghold 3.
Anyways time to uninstall................
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 15
WARNING: do not spend money on this game at this kind of a price, ITS NOT WORTH IT. So the game itself plays decently according to the Stronghold games but only on certain mechanics of its RTS base ground. NONE of its uniqueness carried on with this game at all. Matter of fact it’s all gone now, the dancing bears, decorations, what made your castle feel like a castle and not a regular RTS base builder base. It used to have vast problems to fix with your people, people even just running around and little things like executions and punishments you can watch them all do that you can’t do here anymore because they made it streamlined. I made the mistake of trusting the game but not even an hour in game told me that I definitely wasted my 50$ that I could have spent ALOT better elsewhere. Get this at a lower price if you want it, ignore peaceful mode unless you just want to stare into nothingness due the games now basing a lot on the RTS side and not its castle sim side which made peaceful mode at least slightly entertaining. But now the game unless a patch improves this IS NOT considered in my opinion a castle building simulator due to its lack of castle life that used to exist that made the other games more unique and different. the entire franchise except the past 2 have been going quite well, unfortunately this games not getting the taste of stronghold I hoped for, but I do hope they add it back in the future because that’s one of the things that made stronghold a different RTS game.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 10
HOW THE HELL YOU CAN MAKE A GOOD GAME THEN 12 YEARS AFTER GO REATARDED LIKE THIS ! I GIVE 1 / 10 FOR THIS GAME ! WE SHOULD GET REFUND ! I FEEL LIKE I GOT ROBBED ! :(
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 11
Terrible
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 18
it's not what i expected...

for me it plays very childish, i does not feel right... even stronghold legends felt better to play then this, stronghold crusader was soo good and ofcourse i tought this one would be at least as good, but no, just 'better' grapichs and boring gameplay...
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 11
Nothing like the old game.. let down. Made for online PvP and graphics don't seem to have changed much
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 8
the most fun in this game is the construction, the graphics aren't great, the Military units aren't very mobile or fun to command, the maps are small and the game is very overpriced. You are paying for a $10 game, constructing the cities can be tedious but fun... but...get medieval 2, its $20 and comes with soo much more
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
62.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 15
pomuszcie mam lagi i nic nie da sie zrobić prosze.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 14
Poor. Not worth the money at all. I will not be buying another stronghold again !!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 15
If you are a super-fan like me, you can still buy it on sale and play it, just to say you did it.

However, I recommend most of Steam should try Stronghold 2 HD. This will at least allow you to play a great castle sim for only 10$, and let you see what this game should have been.

The reviews speak for themselves. There are many, many things wrong in this game. Sorry Firefly ... I really wanted to like it. ;-(
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