Free DLC for Stronghold Crusader 2 Players
Firefly Studios have just released their first free DLC pack for Stronghold Crusader 2, available now to everyone who owns the game on Steam. The new expansion adds Sandbox siege invasions, an easy AI mode, six new maps and faction selection for single-player campaigns:

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Siege Invasions – Designed to beef up the free-building Sandbox mode, invasions allow players to find out just how impregnable their mighty castles are by launching increasingly powerful attacks against them.
Easy AI Mode – A popular request among those new to the series, this easier difficulty setting makes the AI less aggressive in the game’s punishing Skirmish Trail missions.
Faction Selection – Another oft-requested feature, players can now select between Crusader and Arabic factions in Skirmish Trail missions.
New Sandbox Maps – Two peaceful new lands on which to build the ultimate castle, before pummeling it into the sand with wave after wave of AI sieges.
New Skirmish Maps – Four new battlegrounds ready to be marked with the the enemy's blood, online or offline.

Siege Invasions
With the introduction of siege invasions players are now able to launch AI sieges against experimental castle designs, created in the game’s free build Sandbox mode. Refining best practices for castle construction and the goal of creating the ultimate stronghold, AI invasions put even the most robust castle defences to the test. Launch siege armies of varying sizes, add random events and more!

Easy AI Mode
'Easy AI' mode tones down the game's notorious difficulty in Skirmish Trail missions. Reducing the frequency and aggressiveness of enemy attacks, this feature tames AI opponents for those that struggle in the fight against Stronghold's infamously challenging antagonists.

Faction Selection
For the first time in Stronghold history players can choose between invading Crusaders and Arabic freedom fighters in single-player Skirmish Trail missions, gaining access to the advantages and disadvantages of their unique castle architecture. In addition to the Arabic story campaign, that tells the tale of Saladin's forces defending their homeland against European invaders, players can further blur the lines between good and evil by choosing to play as either faction in the Skirmish Trails.

Six New Maps
From the no man’s land of ‘Interlocked’ to the steep slopes of ‘Volcano’ and the woodlands of ‘The Forest’, this new map pack adds both Skirmish and Sandbox maps to the game. With unique landscapes featuring beaches, lakes and even the odd volcano, players can now do battle across a variety of different scenery while drenching the desert sands with the blood of their heathen enemies.

Stronghold Crusader 2, updated with today's free DLC, is available on Steam -


About Stronghold Crusader 2
Stronghold Crusader 2 is the long awaited sequel to Stronghold Crusader, the original castle sim. Returning to the deserts of the Middle East circa 1189, Crusader 2 features a new 3D engine, authentic castle simulation and real time destruction powered by Havok Physics. Play as Richard the Lionheart or Saladin in two single-player campaigns, skirmish mode or online with up to eight players. For more information visit the website at or follow @SHCrusader2 on Twitter.

About Firefly Studios
Firefly Studios is an independent PC game developer specialising in real-time strategy and MMO titles since 1999. Formed Simon Bradbury and Eric Ouellette of Caesar and Lords of the Realm fame, the company has brought to market many high profile and commercially successful strategy games. These include the Stronghold series with lifetime sales of over six million and Stronghold Kingdoms, which currently has three million registered players from more than 100 different countries. Firefly has offices in the UK and US, with around 30 full and part-time staff. For more information visit their website at or follow @fireflyworlds on Twitter. Players can sign up to play Stronghold Kingdoms for free at .

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