Developers of the classic castle builder Stronghold, Firefly Studios has revealed three special units coming to their latest game in the series Stronghold: Warlords. Inspired by legendary combatants from the Mongol steppe, Japanese shogunate, warring states period China and tribes of early Vietnam, Stronghold: Warlords features both classic and all-new units drawn from history. Introducing the Mongolian Horse Archer, Chinese Fire Lancer and General!
Exclusive to the new Military Academy structure, these special units will each possess a historically accurate ability that can turn the tide of battle in your favour:
Mongolian Horse Archer
Building on their colt following in the Stronghold series, Mongolian Horse Archers are perfect for dealing with Tribesmen intent on crippling your economy. By outmanoeuvring pesky scouts long before they can get near your farms and peasants, your horse lords can make quick work of lightly armoured troops and exposed siege equipment. Get in there and stirrup trouble!
Inspired by the Jin-Song Wars of ancient China, the Fire Lancer can make rival players blazing mad with their ‘Immolate’ ability. Kick ash and make flames by burning enemy Laddermen before they can send their army over your castle walls and into your keep. Shield them with Mantlets and other units and you’ll soon warm up to the Fire Lancers as a vital component in your attacking forces.
In a break from series tradition, Stronghold: Warlords introduces new ways to boost the spirits of your soldiers. Now you can give them morale, instead of just more ale! In Warlords an inspired siege force that would otherwise clash fruitlessly against enemy walls might survive long enough to breach their defences. With the help of a commanding General players can boost nearby units and take out siege defences, archers and traps, allowing your siege to succeed.
It all started with Stronghold..
The original ‘castle sim’ Stronghold combines the city-builder and real-time strategy genres, allowing you to design, build and siege historical castles. Now almost 20 years old, Stronghold has become a multi-million-selling franchise and household name for strategy and simulation gamers worldwide. A passion for large scale castle sieges, memorable characters, and British humor has earned Stronghold its enduring status in PC gaming as an RTS classic. Alongside six core titles selling seven million copies worldwide, the series has recently expanded to include free-to-play and mobile titles with over six million players of Stronghold Kingdoms, Firefly’s most successful entry in the series to date.
Stronghold: Warlords is scheduled for release on Steam in 2020. Players can find out more about by visiting the game’s official website.