Firefly Studios has just announced that their popular MMORTS Stronghold Kingdoms has attracted more than three and half million players, after launching on Steam in 2012. For more than two years Stronghold Kingdoms has ranked in the most popular free-to-play games on Steam, with more concurrent players than F2P heavyweights such as Warface, Lord of the Rings Online and Hawken:
To thank the hundreds of thousands of players who play the game each month, Firefly has released a Christmas update featuring new gameplay mechanics, an advent calendar giveaway and in-game snow:
New Scout Gameplay and Snow
Winter has come to the game worlds of Stronghold Kingdoms, with new Christmas-themed Resource Stashes that can be uncovered for gold, strategy cards, card packs and more. After they are uncovered these presents revert to regular Resource Stashes which can then be scouted a second time for Wood, Stone and other basic resources. A blanket of snow can also been seen covering the entire world map, with festive trees and animated snowfall. Only the first player to scout each new Stash has a chance to win premium loot, as a reward for their speed and perception. To stay ahead this month players will need to keep their eyes peeled and scouting strategy cards at the ready.
Advent Calendar Giveaway
A new Christmas giveaway has also been launched in-game, taking the form of a classic advent calendar. As an early present for the 3.5 million strong Kingdoms community, Firefly is giving away strategy cards, unique ‘Super Charge’ Coat of Arms designs, 7-day premium tokens and more. To win players will need to log in and open one of nine doors on the advent calendar. The competition is open to anyone with a Kingdoms account, with new prizes available every day and two attempts allowed per day. The giveaway will remain active until December 26th, with a guaranteed prize on Christmas Day.
Stronghold Kingdoms can be played for free via Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/47410/
or the official website: http://www.strongholdkingdoms.com