Stronghold: Warlords Developer Shows Off 30 Minutes of New Campaign Gameplay

Stronghold: Warlords Developer Shows Off 30 Minutes of New Campaign Gameplay

The newly released developer playthrough features 30 minutes of footage showing off unrevealed units, characters, fresh mechanics and classic castle siege gameplay

London, UK – March 13, 2020 — BAFTA nominated strategy game developer Firefly Studios has released 30 minutes of gameplay from the military campaign of Stronghold: Warlords, the latest in their classic ‘castle sim’ series. Featuring never before seen units, siege weapons, grand strategy mechanics and economic gameplay, this developer playthrough gives fans their first in-depth look at a full mission from the game:


See the campaign in action:

This new developer-led gameplay video showcases a full campaign mission set in 238 BC China, featuring both the legendary Qin Shi Huang and infamous rebel warlord Lao Ai. In the mission players must recover a stolen seal by besieging Lao Ai with the aid of local warlords, new gunpowder-fuelled siege weapons and unit types. As a vertical slice of the full game the demo includes more recent additions to the series including new units, siege weapons and warlord mechanics, in addition to an expanded castle economy:


  • New warlord types with the ability to besiege enemies, provide supplies and buff armies
  • Siege weapons like the Hwacha, Fire Ox, Catapult and Rocket Cart
  • Unit types including incendiary Fire Lancers, Generals and Mongolian Horse Archers
  • New economy features like Spirit and resource chains such as Silk and Tea


Combining the first ever use of gunpowder in the Stronghold series with incredible historic weaponry and the new grand strategy warlords mechanic, this new gameplay demo gives players a flavour of things to come. The demo also features new production chains and economy mechanics unique to Vietnam, China, Mongolia, and Japan — firsts for the Stronghold series as a whole. Adding a fresh layer of resource and management gameplay has been a core goal since the start of development and players can expect even more sim gameplay in the final release.


Whether they decide to decimate Lao Ai’s fort with Hwachas, Fire Oxen, and classic Catapults or sit back and let their warlords attack for them, players can expect a devastating display of gunpowder-fuelled destruction when Stronghold: Warlords launches on Steam this year.

About Stronghold: Warlords

The latest ‘castle sim’ RTS from Firefly Studios, Stronghold: Warlords allows you to recruit, upgrade and command AI warlords across the battlefield. Each warlord under your command boosts your strategic prowess with their own unique perks, characteristics and upgradeable abilities. Use them to boost your industry, fortify defences or team up for a pincer attack! Each campaign mission, skirmish game and multiplayer battle means a fresh set of warlords to command and new strategic depth. Stronghold: Warlords is Firefly’s first game to recreate the castle economies of the Far East, allowing you to command Mongol hordes, imperial warriors and samurai clansmen as you lay siege to Japanese castles and fortified Chinese cities. Besiege historical warlords using new gunpowder-fuelled siege weapons and a completely new way to play Stronghold. For the latest news on Stronghold: Warlords visit

About Firefly Studios

Firefly Studios is an independent PC games developer specializing in real-time strategy and MMO titles since 1999. Formed by 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 seven million and Stronghold Kingdoms, which currently has over seven million registered players. 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.