London, February 25th 2010: Firefly Studios, developers of the hugely popular, multimillion selling Stronghold series are delighted to announce that their latest project, the castle MMO, Stronghold Kingdoms will be free-to-play.
Stronghold Kingdoms is a unique MMO offering where players can fight, trade, farm and negotiate their way to success, aided by the carefully considered use of the game’s ‘strategy cards’ system.
Each month, players 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. Extra packs of strategy cards will be available to purchase to further aid players’ designs on conquest.
“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 in an online world of tens of thousands of players.”
“Stronghold has been played by millions of gamers all over the world, but to create even more lords and ladies we decided from the outset that Stronghold Kingdoms would be free-to-play.” said Eric Ouellette, [CEO] of Firefly Studios. “We are convinced that most players will enjoy the many benefits that purchasing extra packs of strategy cards each month offers them.”
To sign up for the open beta, due to launch later this year and to view the teaser trailer, log on to www.strongholdkingdoms.com.
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 www.strongholdkingdoms.com.
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 selling Stronghold 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 www.fireflyworlds.com.