The Stronghold franchise returns with Stronghold 3

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stronghold 3SouthPeak Interactive today announced they will be publishing Stronghold 3, reviving Firefly Studios’ classic PC castle-builder and medieval simulation game after a 5-year hiatus.

The last Stronghold game, Stronghold 2, was also developed by Firefly Studios and published by 2K Games in 2005. The series is essentially a strategy ‘castle building’ game in which you create, fortify, and manage a medieval castle and its inhabitants. It’s basically like a feudal Sim City with real-time strategy mechanics and combat, and the new game promises many improvements over its predecessors.

Stuff builds better
Stronghold 3 will feature significantly improved castle-building mechanics and improve the precision and control you have over placing buildings. In addition, village planning is no longer confined to a grid system, and you’ll be able to place free-flowing walls and buildings.

Stuff looks better
A new, enhanced graphics engine will give you a highly detailed snapshot of medieval life. You’ll be able to watch villagers going about their everyday lives, soldiers preparing for war, and even people dying from the plague.

Stuff blows up better
A refined physics engine with ‘procedural destruction’ will also make your castle (or your enemy’s, preferably) fall apart as beautifully as they stand. Other new features include night sieges, which introduce new tactics and require you to hunt enemy soldiers in the dark of night.

Stronghold 3 will be released globally for Windows PC in the first quarter of 2011.

Stronghold 3 features

  • Improved building system allowing unprecedented levels of realism and intricacy in castle and village design
  • Realistic physics and cutting-edge graphics bring siege warfare to life in stunning detail
  • Story-driven gameplay engages players across two campaigns: combat or economic
  • Dramatic nighttime sieges add a new dimension to the Stronghold franchise
  • Besiege other players’ castles or defend your own in a range of action-packed online multiplayer modes
  • Play through accurately re-created sieges from the pages of history. Will you succeed where others failed?

Source: Examiner.com

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