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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October 18

Stronghold Next Q&A (Part 4)

Economic gameplay, invasions, dev diaries and demos!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTWf1hdEnw8
The Stronghold Next community Q&A series is back! In our fourth episode we answer a further 20 questions, all without spoiling the upcoming gameplay reveal planned for early 2019. While this won’t be our final Stronghold Next video of the year, it is currently our last planned Q&A. That said if we receive enough questions in the comments section we might just be convinced to do a bonus round!

This week we respond to your fan questions about the simulation and economic aspects of our new Stronghold game. How much micromanagement will you be doing? What can you expect in terms of difficulty for new and veteran players? Will Free Build feature AI invasions? Will the beloved Bessy return!? We cover all this and more including our plans to demo the game and how we’ll be updating you on development in 2019 and beyond.

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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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October 11

Stronghold Next Q&A (Part 3)

Story, campaign, co-op and sim modes!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ku3cfg5NYbo
Welcome back to our Stronghold Next Q&A series! The third part in our mega Q&A series has Nick answering 20 questions about our next Stronghold game. With all questions and comments taken from Stronghold videos on the Firefly YouTube channel, we reveal everything we can about about our upcoming castle sim.

This week the topics of discussion center on Stronghold Next’s story campaign and various game modes, allowing us to reveal our plans for historical authenticity and overall single player design. Questions on sim modes, tournaments and co-op are all answered, with loads of new info and some discussion of what truly makes a Stronghold game. We even touch on subjects like Sir William’s baby, The Wolf’s demise and Nick’s uncanny resemblance to Ramsey Bolton…

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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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