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'Stronghold: Crusader' Goes Gold!

by Rainier on Sept. 19, 2002 @ 6:43 p.m. PDT

Computer and video game publisher Gathering of Developers, a subsidiary of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. and UK-based developer FireFly Studios Ltd today announced that "FireFly Studios' Stronghold: Crusader" for the PC has gone gold. "Stronghold: Crusader" is a dynamic "castle sim" set in a distant Arabian land that combines the finest aspects of the city builder and real-time strategy genres. The game is set to ship late September 2002.

About "Firefly Studios' Stronghold: Crusader"

Within a resilient castle beats the heart of a thriving society full of Fletchers, Brewers, and Armorers, while outside stalk enemy Assassins, mighty War Engines, and the constant threat of fire. In "Stronghold: Crusader," players journey to Arabian lands renowned for brave warriors and fearsome weaponry, while reliving heroic battles of the historic Crusades. The player's challenge is to build and defend medieval desert fortresses and lay siege to fearless enemies. As European nobles or Arabian warriors, players must conquer the harsh terrain in the legendary Crusades of the 11th and 12th centuries.

Players of "Firefly Studios' Stronghold: Crusader" will:

  • Relive the heroic battles of the historic Crusades in FOUR distinct campaigns - Lead the heavily armored European Knights as Richard the Lionheart and command vast Arabian armies as Saladin, the Sultan of Syria.
  • Attack the strongholds of fierce computer lords while forging an impregnable bastion of defense during intense skirmish mode.
  • Master the tactics of the desert while building fortifications of varying height and thickness, hoard every drop of water to extinguish deadly fire, and fervently defend the fertile oases.
  • Experience ruthless medieval combat in a hostile land where Assassins silently slay their victims, Horse Archers combine deadly accuracy with frightening speed, and common Slaves can shift the balance of power.
  • Protect and defend your loyal subjects with boiling oil, killing pits, moats, keeps, fire watchmen and more.
  • Conquer the Crusader Trail - 50 linked skirmish missions.
  • Witness unparalleled siege weaponry including crushing Trebuchets, Portable Fire Ballistae, imposing Siege Towers, and destructive Mangonels.
  • Storm enemy barricades with over 25 units including Arabian Swordsman, European Knights, and Fire Throwers.
  • Create an awe-inspiring fortress in Castle Builder mode, with nothing to worry about except the camels.
  • Design challenging new scenarios to thwart your friends with the full-featured map and scenario editor.
  • Crush your friends in an ultimate crusade for the crown - intense multiplayer Crusader Skirmish play for up to 8 opponents via a LAN or over the internet.

For additional information on Stronghold: Crusader, please visit the official website

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