London, February 25th 2010

The ultimate castle game is evolving

Thousands of players are massing

War is coming

Stronghold Kingdoms will be a free-to-play game where gamers fight, trade, farm and negotiate their way to success, aided by the thoughtful use of strategy cards.

“Stronghold has been played by millions of gamers all over the world,” said Eric Ouellette, of Firefly Studios,“but to create even more lords and ladies we decided from the outset that Stronghold Kingdoms would be free-to-play.”

Players can play the game for free and each month will receive a number of strategy cards. Each card has an impact on different elements of the game: agriculture, warfare, trading, religion and so on.

“Strategy cards are integral to the game. The skilful use of a card can be the difference between winning and losing a confrontation”, commented Simon Bradbury, creative director of Firefly Studios and lead designer of Stronghold Kingdoms.

“Strategy cards bring a new tactical depth to classic Stronghold gameplay, all in an online world of tens of thousands of players.

“Balancing making money with making a game freely available is challenging,” added Eric Ouellette.“We are convinced that most players will enjoy the many benefits that purchasing extra packs of strategy cards each month offers them.”

About Stronghold Kingdoms

Stronghold Kingdoms is a unique hybrid of web and PC based gaming that brings online interactivity and community together with a richly depicted medieval world of thriving villages and dramatic battles.

Classic Stronghold goes online in a world where players can Build, Besiege, Pillage, Farm, Explore, Research, Vote, Trade, Banquet, Fight and much, much more. Many unannounced and surprising game features will be revealed in the coming months.

The third live Alpha test launches this week. Gamers who want to take part in the open beta later this year can register their interest at

About Firefly Studios

Firefly Studios is a computer and video games development company, formed in 1999. The company has produced a number of high profile and commercially successful strategy games including the 5 million unit sellingStronghold series. Firefly is currently working on a number of PC and next Gen console titles and has offices in the United Kingdom and United States. For more information, please visit our website at


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