Today, strategy game developer Firefly Studios has announced that their upcoming title Stronghold: Warlords will release with a bonus economic campaign.
Available at launch and featuring the Scribe character, which is a returning "fan-favourite", the bonus campaign will include six missions and unique economic events and objectives.
The 'Path of Peace' campaign will be centered around castle building, feudal events, and gathering resources. Players will be able to boost or crush a peasant's popularity rating, and events such as monsoon rains, lightning storms, bandit attacks, wildfires, festivals, typhoons, and more will change the fortunes of those trying to survive them.
The game itself features several single player game modes. The main story will be split between the military-focused campaign and the bonus city-builder campaign. The main campaign will include four parts that are set in ancient Vietnam, China, Japan, and Mongolia, splitting their time between castle taking and economic making over 24 missions. So, included with the bonus economic campaign, there will be 30 missions in total.
Other features include thinning food supplies, local bandits, revolting peasantry, and accidental gunpowder explosions. For those who want to boost the spirit of their people and increase their own popularity, Temples will have to be built. Those who work in castles will need Hovels to house them, and farms will also be needed to feed and clothe families.
For those who want to engage in some healthy torture exercises on their population, players will be able to import torture devices from the Far East. If that doesn't get your juices going, then taxes can be their own special kind of torture as well to manage those persnickety peasants.
Stronghold: Warlords will be released on Steam later this year. If you want to find out more, be sure to check out the game's official website.
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