LONDON, United Kingdom – 1 st March, 2013 – Firefly Studios, creators of the Stronghold series, has just announced that their popular Castle MMO Stronghold Kingdoms has remained as one of the top 3 most popular free-to-play games on Steam for over a year.
Bested only by Team Fortress 2 and Planetside 2, Stronghold Kingdoms has defied expectations to achieve a remarkable one year at the top of Steam’s “Most Popular” free-to-play games chart. Beating out eponymous brands and free-to-play heavyweights such as Lord of the Rings Online and APB Reloaded, Stronghold Kingdoms has managed to hold off its competitors consistently since it launched on February 28 th 2012.
“We actually entered the free-to-play space well in advance of the game’s launch on Steam, with an open beta starting in 2010”, said Marketing Manager Nick Tannahill. “That gave us over a year to experiment with the design aspects of what was our first free-to-play game, before the flood of new users that came with our launch on Steam in 2012. So when free-to-play finally arrived in the mainstream we were ready, it didn’t catch us off guard. Kingdoms was built from the ground up as a free-to-play game and that played a massive role in its success. We’re lucky to have a fantastic community of players who care deeply about the game. Self-publishing Kingdoms allows us to have an open and honest dialogue with them, which means a lot to us”.
Currently in the works for Stronghold Kingdoms are updates to Captain Skills, which allow for arrow volleys, catapult barrages and more during castle sieges. Also planned are new Strategy Cards, numerous gameplay tweaks sourced from the community, new worlds and support for more languages. The game currently has more than 1.5 million registered users.
About Stronghold Kingdoms
Stronghold Kingdoms is the medieval online castle game. Join hundreds of thousands of players in a rich world of Lords, Ladies, Bumpkins and Barons as you build your village, research new technology and strive to be the greatest in the land. Construct mighty castles to defend your lands against insolent intruders, develop your economy and trade your way to victory, lead your fellow noblemen to war and control of the Kingdom. Build, besiege, pillage, farm, explore, research, vote, trade and banquet your way to the throne!
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.