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Release Date: Jul 1, 2015

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“Delightful for anyone who has mastered the game and seeks to challenge their strategic skills.”

“The quality shows, the game grows, and The Templar and The Duke are very worthy foes.”
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“Ideal for sim and strategy lovers keeping us entertained for hours on end.”

About This Content

The law of the Templar is coming to the desert! The Templar & The Duke DLC adds an extra Crusader Trail campaign and new AI characters, two Crusaders with contrasting origins, values and strengths. One is a brutal newcomer who embodies the Crusades' nebulous motivations, while the other stands as successor to King Phillip from the original Stronghold Crusader (2002). Both men desire a glorious victory in the Holy Land, with The Templar seeking to cleanse the holy land of heretics and The Duke hoping to emerge from Phillip's shadow and make his mark on the world, ideally without suffering too many casualties! The third expansion for Stronghold Crusader 2, The Templar & The Duke adds seven missions, two AI opponents, 10 achievements, five custom shields and new castle types unique to these new Lords.

New Missions

The fierce combat in our latest skirmish trail sets a challenging new benchmark for Stronghold players. New characters arrive in the deserts of the Holy Land brimming with personality, grit and their own selfish quests to pursue. The madcap eccentricity of The Duke will scatter your senses, conventional sieges often failing to penetrate his elaborate segmented castles with unconventional layouts. Meanwhile cold steel and sturdy resistance await those who dare challenge The Templar, who recruits only the toughest Crusader soldiers into his army and rigidly-designed castles. This ninth skirmish trail demands a completely new set of strategies from players. Carefully safeguard allies, fend off bandit outposts while keeping an eye on your real opponents and eventually fight your way up a mountain to conquer our toughest final mission yet.

The Templar

Once a rank and file soldier in King Richard’s army, The Templar has since risen to power as a senior military commander in the Third Crusade. Even more resolute toward their righteous cause than his king, The Templar was promoted because of his brutal pursuit of the holy crusade and ability to indoctrinate fellow soldiers. Spending much of his military career as a foot soldier fighting in the Crusades, The Templar sees himself as a harbinger of justice from God. The Templar personifies the unwavering conviction that the Crusader Lords have in their mission and the lengths they will go to achieve it.

The Duke

Having traveled from France to 'fight the good fight' The Duke hopes to share in the glory of the holy crusade, should it succeed. In the event that the Crusaders should fail The Duke is always ready to retreat claiming he played no role in Richard's campaign, but for the moment he is present and prepared to lend his vast wealth and political standing to their cause. Blessed with a God-given right to rule, it goes without saying that The Duke had a pampered upbringing in the French Royal Court. It was here that he became the foppish and arrogant leader he is now, sheltered enough to build up a Lordly air and appearance but too distant from the battlefield or real cutthroat politics to become an effective ruler. The end result is a man who appears confident but is unsure of himself, joining the Third Crusade because he feels he has something to prove.

DLC Features

  • New Missions - Play your part in the Templar's holy crusade across seven missions in 'The Templar & The Duke' Skirmish Trail.
  • Two Characters - The Templar and The Duke join the battle as AI opponents in the new Crusader Trail, Skirmish Mode and online Multiplayer.
  • Unique Castles - Free-form designs with intricate walkways, killing zones, multiple towers and few weak points.
  • Custom Shields - Customize your in-game shield with five unique coat of arms designs, declaring your allegiance in the holy war.
  • Extra Achievements - Complete 10 new achievements as the ultimate proof of your skill as a commander.

Please Note: The Templar & The Duke is downloadable add-on content, requiring the full Stronghold Crusader 2 game on Steam to play.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows® XP/Vista/7/8/10 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
    • OS: Windows® Vista/7/8/10 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
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Posted: July 4, 2015
So far, I'm having lots of fun with the Templar and the Duke DLC. This is probably my favorite DLC out of the three DLC out currently. It adds 10 new achievements, new skirmish trail, 2 new AI. Both AI are on the Crusader side and so far I had a lot of fun playing against both The Templar and The Duke. I recommend this DLC to anyone who has Stronghold Crusader 2. This DLC adds a lot of replayability to the base game. 10/10
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Posted: August 30, 2015
good dlc glad to see the rat is finally in the game, for those who do not understand the duke is technically the real successor to duc de puce because his castle style is a copy and paste of his from the original crusader while the rat is a new character with a new castle build but same troop usage as the rat so i guess really if you combine them you get duc de puce !!!!!! miss the voice actor tho and oh yes the templar is king richard the lionheart, i dont understand why they gave the old castle templates of the original characters to the dlc characters and also dont understand why we have to pay for dlc when they used to give it to us for free on stronghold :( but none the less i like the new personalities and seeing the old build styles of the rat and richard come back into the game
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Posted: December 9, 2015
The Duke is not straight.

If you want to punish him for that wait for the sale, 5€ is too much money for 2 AIs (which are really well made I have to say), but other than that, I can thumb up this DLC.

By the way, I don't consider Skirmish Trail as a valuable feature because I am able to set up same thing all by myself in matter of seconds.
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3 of 8 people (38%) found this review helpful
Posted: September 30, 2015
Why not?
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
Posted: November 18, 2015
It's okay, I would recommend buying if all you want is a few extra missions because that is what it gives you of course along with two extra charchters. HOWEVER the video and all advertising make it out to be an actual sotry line and maybe some actual quests, when playing however all i found was a bunch of already played maps and then plonked down and there you have it, no structure and no story line. One moment you fight the Templar, then the duke and then they are both against you? I thought they were against each other? That is what the video leads you to believe.

Maybe next time have a DLC that we are paying for and have 6 missions, two on the dukes team and two on the templars, just shows a little more structure and makes it more enjoyable rather than 30+ hours of playing what feels like a repeat.

Not sure if I will be buying the other DLC's, that is unless I get very bored! But for me its a negative because it lacked substance and was missleading, that and the Duke is one ugly MOFO!
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2 of 10 people (20%) found this review helpful
Posted: July 28, 2015
Excellent coupla maps.Definately more challenging,impossible to leave it alone.I woulda paid 3 times the price for it.
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