Revealed during E3 2019 last month, Stronghold: Warlords offers a step forward in the castle sim genre with new gameplay, but also has a greatest hits in terms of features. Fear Factor is back, and lets players inspire love or fear in their followers to boost the economy. Laddermen and Siege Towers also return to make castle sieges far more exciting. The Warlords System is an evolution of the original Stronghold feature, which takes estates beyond their beginnings, to something leaning towards grand strategy.
“In terms of core features Warlords is a love letter to fans of the series,” said Nick Tannahill, Marketing Director at Firefly Studios. “We’ve taken Stronghold to a completely new setting, but also brought back fan favourite units like Laddermen and Siege Towers. In addition, we’ve made some big improvements to unit control and wall building, based on player feedback from Crusader 2.”
Alongside the return of fan favorite units and options Firefly are also planning troop and wall improvements requested by the community. Returning to the classic grid-based wall placement, allowing walls to travel along the terrain and taking advantage of 3D to introduce proper unit displacement and collision are just a few of the improvements fans can expect when the game launches next year.