The original castle sim, Stronghold HD allows you to design, build and destroy historical castles. Engage in medieval warfare against the AI in one of two single player campaigns or online with up to 8 players.
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November 10

Firefly Dev Update

Stronghold Next, MetaMorph & Stronghold Kingdoms!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vRQ6cJEiDs
Now that Stronghold 2: Steam Edition is available, Stronghold Kingdoms has arrived on mobile and MetaMorph: Dungeon Creatures is rapidly approaching release we thought this would be a great time to update everyone on the state of play.

Watch as our very own Lead Designer Simon Bradbury and coders Matt and Jack update you on all things Firefly with a snapshot on production for each title currently in development:
  • Stronghold Next [Working Title] - Now in Active Development
  • MetaMorph: Dungeon Creatures - Coming Soon to Early Access
  • Stronghold Kingdoms - New Updates Planned!
In the video above our three developers provide a quick update on each title including new gameplay, timelines and nuggets of information. As we look forward to the release of MetaMorph: Dungeon Creatures on Steam Early Access and prep for full production and the reveal of Stronghold Next in 2018 this new video is designed to let you know exactly where we’re at.

While Stronghold Kingdoms is already available worldwide you can expect MetaMorph to release very soon, followed by a full reveal of Stronghold Next in the not too distant future. Our reveal of the next mainline entry in the Stronghold series will take place next year, including almost everything we can show at that stage and loads of information. Rather than a simple announcement in the form of a logo reveal you expect gameplay footage, the full title, setting, features and new units all in one go!

We hope you enjoy today’s video and look forward to playing these games and updates in the near future.
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July 28

New Language Support

Russian and Chinese Now Available!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZspYdoU5gJo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_zu4mDZ5YU
Stronghold HD is now available with Russian and Chinese language support. This new version also features cosmetic maps of Russia and China, replacing the UK map in the original game's campaign UI when playing in those languages.

  • On-screen text and subtitles in both Russian and Chinese.
  • Hundreds of lines of spoken dialogue and hours of new audio (Russian Only).
  • Hear and see your favourite characters insult you in your native tongue!
  • One of the first Stronghold titles to be made available in Chinese.

As with the release of the original HD edition and recent patch, this new language pack is free for all existing owners of the game. We hope you enjoy the update and look forward to more free updates for Stronghold games in your library, including the upcoming Stronghold 2: Steam Edition!

To change the game language for Stronghold HD please follow these steps:

  1. Log into your Steam account.
  2. Right click on a game from the Steam game library and choose Properties.
  3. Go to the Language tab.
  4. Select the language you wish to use from the drop-down menu.
  5. Click OK.

Please Note - Files for this language may need to be downloaded before you can play.
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About This Game

The original castle sim, Stronghold HD allows you to design, build and destroy historical castles. Engage in medieval warfare against the AI in one of two single player campaigns or online with up to 8 players.



With 21 missions to test your mettle and four renegade lords to defeat, it is up to you to reunite medieval England and take back your lands from the treacherous Rat, Pig, Snake and Wolf. Missions range from breaking sieges and capturing enemy castles to raising gold and holding off enemy attacks. Also featured is a full economic campaign, tasking players to gather resources and build weapons within the time limit.



Wield greater control over your army than ever before with new high resolution graphics! The new HD battlefield view allows you to zoom out and play in real-time, with the whole map on one screen. Advance on the castle gates while flanking the enemy from behind, feign retreat and lead your foe into a deadly trap or just sit back and watch the destruction unfold.



  • Design and build your very own castle, complete with a working economy and brutal killing zones.
  • Battle through 21 story-based missions as you drive back the villainous Wolf and reclaim medieval England.
  • Build your dream castle in the combat-free economic campaign or besiege historical castles in Siege That!.
  • View the entire battlefield on a single screen with support for new HD resolutions.
  • Take your castle wherever you go with Steam Cloud support for saved games.
  • Play the original game on Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 10 with added compatibility.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10
    • Processor: 1.6GHz equivalent Intel or AMD processor
    • Memory: 512MB RAM
    • Video: 64MB video card with hardware Transform & Lighting
    • Hard Drive: 2.5GB uncompressed free space
    • Sound: DirectX 7 compatible sound card or higher
    • Direct X: DirectX 9.0c (included) or higher
    • Multiplayer: GameRanger software will be installed for mutiplayer matchmaking support
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