Stronghold Adds Historically Accurate Exploding Oxen to Your Siege Arsenal

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Firefly Studios’ love affair with gunpowder continues with new four siege weapon reveals

London, UK - February 14, 2020 — British indie developer Firefly Studios has just revealed four new pieces of siege equipment coming to Stronghold: Warlords, their latest entry in the legendary ‘castle sim’ series. Drawn from multiple historical accounts of inventive uses of gunpowder and livestock, the siege engines of Warlords are truly something to behold:

Watch the new siege weapons in action:

we added powder kegs to the oxen, but everything else about them is
authentic” said Nick Tannahill, Marketing Director at Firefly Studios.
“There’s a lot of slapstick, Monty Python style humour in the Stronghold
DNA and we couldn’t resist bringing these brave beasts to life in video
game form!”

on the historical sieges of ancient China, ranging from Tian Dan’s 3rd
century BC assault on the city of Jimo through to the Siege of De’an in
1132 AD, the Fire Ox has an interesting history. With incendiary fabrics
attached to its tail and spears at its side, this living weapon was an
unexpected force to be reckoned with. Capable of decimating enemy siege
lines before they knew what hit them, the Fire Ox was an unorthodox but
effective tactical solution to a common siege scenario. Alongside series
classics like the Mantlet, Laddermen and Catapult, the Fire Ox rounds
out this first set of siege weapons to be revealed for the latest entry
in the RTS series.

Stronghold: Warlords
hopes to deliver on the promise of virtual gunpowder with castle
defences, economy buildings and siege weapons all featuring the new
resource type. Fire Oxen, Fire Lancers, gunpowder traps and more will
build on the series’ love of fire to give players completely new options
for blowing apart rival castles in story mode, skirmish or online
against friends.

Scheduled for release on Steam this year, players can find out more about Stronghold: Warlords by visiting the game’s official website:

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

About Firefly Studios

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 or follow @fireflyworlds on Twitter.

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