London, UK – 2 nd March, 2012 – Firefly Studios are proud to announce the release of a new multiplayer patch for Stronghold 3, which adds all-new units to the game in the form of Siege Towers and Laddermen.
Patch 1.9 is the first update for Stronghold 3 to focus almost entirely on multiplayer. It introduces the much-anticipated Siege Tower and Laddermen units, which can be built from Siege Camps in multiplayer game modes. Siege Towers can be docked against stone walls and loaded with all troop types. Any ranged missile units placed inside the tower will attack enemy troops that are within range, defending the tower as it approaches the castle walls. Laddermen can set scalable ladders against enemy walls, allow individual units to easily reach castle battlements, until the ladder is pushed away or cut down by defending forces.
Online gameplay has been significantly improved with an automatic resync feature similar to the system used in the original Stronghold and Stronghold: Crusader, ensuring a smooth gameplay experience for multiplayer matches. Multiplayer has also seen tweaks in the form of score rebalancing and increased starting goods, while the maps themselves have been edited to make it easier for players to design and build their castles.
Smaller changes to the game include an ‘Attack-Move’ command that can be activated by holding down CTRL while right-clicking. This command forces troops to stop en route to their destination and deal with any enemy units that come within range, protecting them from ambush. Players also now have the ability to instantly deactivate all work building with a single click, handy for when you need spare peasants to raise an army quickly. Hotfixes have been included for the UI, Free-Look mode and industry activation buttons.
A full list of patch notes can be found at www.fireflyworlds.com
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About Firefly Studios
Firefly Studios is an independent PC game developer specialising in real-time strategy and MMO titles. Formed in 1999 by Simon Bradbury and Eric Ouellette, the company has brought to market a number of high profile and commercially successful strategy games, including the Stronghold series with lifetime sales of over five million. Firefly has offices in the UK and US. For more information please visit their website at www.fireflyworlds.com or follow @fireflyworlds on Twitter.