Firefly Studios has revealed Stronghold: Warlords during today’s Kinda Funny Games Showcase. Previous games in the series focused on English kings and Roman emperors. Warlords, however, allows you to control armies in the historical battles of the Far East. In this latest addition to the strategy franchise, not only will you be able to command armies, but play as your AI commanders on the battleground.
The Far East is your playground in Stronghold: Warlords. You play through history, from 3rd century BC China and into the birth of the Mongol Empire in 1200 AD. In the game, you fight against Eastern rulers, from khans to shogun commanders. Chinese cities and Japanese castles are what stand in your way of victory. You can use a variety of weaponry, even some fueled with gunpowder.
“We’re adding a touch of grand strategy to Stronghold,” said Simon Bradbury, lead designer at Firefly Studios and creator of the Stronghold series. “It’s a deceptively simple yet powerful change, perhaps the biggest we’ve made to the series since the original Stronghold Crusader. Warlords takes core Stronghold and effortlessly layers a new mechanic on top.”
Assuming direct control
But Warlord‘s main attraction is your ability to take over and play as your commanders. This is a first for the series, and it’s not as straightforward as just clicking your little friend around the battlefield. Each commander you can control is equipped with unique perks you can use to bolster your forces. This includes being able to control your armies to “fortify borders, forge weapons or team up for a pincer attack.”
Stronghold: Warlords is scheduled to release on PC sometime in 2020. Find out more by heading to the official page.