The highly anticipated sequel to the best-selling Stronghold, Stronghold Crusader HD throws you into historic battles and castle sieges from the Crusades with fiendish AI opponents, new units, 4 historical campaigns and over 100 unique skirmish missions.
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August 30

Stronghold Next Q&A (Part 2)

Upgrades, siege engines, map editor and more!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wYSxse3NMs
Welcome back to our Stronghold Next Q&A series! The second part in our massive community Q&A sees Nick answering 25 questions about our next Stronghold title. With all questions taken from Stronghold videos on the Firefly YouTube channel, we answer as much as possible about our upcoming castle sim.

Want to know about the castles we visit for research? Our expert opinion on gong? Perhaps Nick’s favourite number? No? Well good thing we have info on our map editor, boxed version, single player campaigns, voice lines, siege weapons, upgrades and animations!

We hope most if not all of your most pressing questions have been successfully answered over the past two weeks, but if not let us know! We’ll be monitoring the comments sections closely under all videos released between now and the gameplay reveal.

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  2. Check out our Stronghold Next playlist, which we'll be updating with new videos in the coming weeks and months.
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August 24

Stronghold Next Q&A (Part 1)

Modes, mods, diplomacy, languages and more!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AS3PafCo9k
Welcome to part one of our massive Stronghold Next Q&A! We answer your questions from previous Stronghold videos on our YouTube channel, hoping to tide everyone over until the full gameplay reveal. Nick answers more than 50 of your most pressing questions over the next two weeks, all without going into spoiler territory!

Watch as we reveal as much as possible about the upcoming castle sim including similarities with the Crusader series, game modes, mods, pricing, diplomacy, language support, release dates and more! There’s also discussion about the Stronghold series as a whole, such as how likely we are to see a console version of the castle builder and possible future settings.

We hope you enjoy this first half of our community Q&A extravaganza and would like to thank you for your patience waiting for the full gameplay reveal! Rest assured we are hard at work on that front and will do our best to keep you supplied with more Stronghold Next goodness in the meantime.

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  2. Check out our Stronghold Next playlist, which we'll be updating with new videos in the coming weeks and months.
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About This Game

Journey to distant Arabian lands renowned for brave warriors and fearsome weaponry in Stronghold Crusader HD. The highly anticipated sequel to the best-selling Stronghold, Crusader throws you into historic battles from the Crusades with fiendish AI opponents, new units, 4 historical campaigns and over 100 unique skirmish missions.



Relive the historic Crusades as Richard the Lionheart and the Saladin, Sultan of Syria. Lead a determined group of Crusaders, forged by centuries of barbaric warfare, amidst the haze of the desert heat then fight for your freedom as the mighty Saladin.

Stronghold Crusader HD features several campaigns documenting the First, Second and Third Crusades, as well as conflicts within the individual Crusader states. Battles such as Nicea, Heraclea, siege of Antioch, Krak des Chevaliers and the Siege of Jerusalem all feature, as do the Crusader Trails from the Stronghold Warchest and Stronghold Crusader Extreme.



With new high resolution graphics you have more control over your soldiers than ever before. 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.

Both Stronghold Crusader and Stronghold Crusader Extreme are included in Stronghold Crusader HD. Extreme plays exactly like the original Stronghold Crusader, only with a few additions. The unit cap has been increased from 1000 to a staggering 10,000 troops, special Tactical Powers such as the Arrow Volley can be used and new buildings make their appearance alongside the Crusader Extreme skirmish trail.



  • Join the Crusaders or the Saladin’s forces in four historical campaigns.
  • Design and build your desert fortress complete with new siege engines and castle defenses.
  • Fight through 100 unique skirmish missions, each more challenging than the last.
  • Command new units with unique abilities, such as the stealthy Assassin and nimble Horse Archer.
  • View the entire battlefield on a single screen with support for new HD resolutions.
  • Play the original game on Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 10 with added compatibility.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10 with latest service packs
    • Processor: Intel Pentium 4 1.6Ghz or equivalent
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 64MB DirectX 8.1 Compatible
    • DirectX: Version 8.1
    • Storage: 850 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 8.1 Compatible
    • Additional Notes: GameRanger software will be installed for mutiplayer matchmaking support

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