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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April 20

Stronghold Next Interview

Lead Coder Talks Stronghold @ PAX East
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1myBHEh60v8
Our second major update on the Stronghold front comes from the game's Lead Programmer himself! While at PAX East showing players our new tactical dungeon crawler MetaMorph: Dungeon Creatures, we sit down with Tony to discuss the upcoming game's setting, returning features, overall gameplay and direction.

To tide everyone over until our next feature and the full gameplay reveal later this year, this interview covers a number of points of interest for series fans:
  • Sequel? - Tony confirms that Stronghold Next will be neither Stronghold Crusader 3 nor Legends 2. These games could still happen, but we have no plans at this time.
  • Returning Features - In addition to confirming skirmish for the game, our new interview sheds light on a few classic features and units returning for this brand new Stronghold.
  • Sim Gameplay - While our next game will retain the full RTS and besieging experience, it will also shift the focus a little back to the simulation gameplay we all know and love.
  • No Magic! - Not a single wand, pointy hat or dragon in sight.

Our upcoming Stronghold will be self-published by Firefly Studios on Steam and released when it's ready. In addition to Next being a completely new entry in the series another top priority is to deliver a fun, polished game from day one that incorporates as many fan-favourite features and touches as possible.

Please look forward to more Stronghold information in the coming months and subscribe on YouTube for the latest Stronghold Next news, trailers and interviews.
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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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