A new video developer
from Stronghold 2
shows gameplay footage from Firefly's upcoming siege
warfare sequel featuring Richard the Lionhearted. There's an
accompanying write-up on the
game's official website
where they explain why they avoid the real-life
implications of the events the game portrays:
Richard is an interesting
character because, although heís the main protagonist of the Crusader series and
a man who considers himself noble, heís not much of a hero. Anyone who knows
enough about the Crusades to have a discussion on their purpose or origin knows
they were essentially an invasion. That aside, fans of the series and critics
alike are aware of the fact that we donít take medieval morality too seriously.
Do that and it stops being fun fairly quickly.
Although we are serious about historical accuracy, itís important to maintain a
healthy balance when creating a strategy game like Stronghold. Fail to do this
and you end up with something that lacks a sense of playfulness and joy. Large
parts of each Stronghold game are designed to be tongue-in-cheek, from the voice
acting to burning troop animations and the way peasants get flung out the top of
a tornado. The character of Richard embodies this approach to the gamesí design,
poking fun at the character without making him unlikable. Richard is part of the
story and a key AI opponent in the Arabic Campaign and Skirmish Mode, so there
has to be something in there to make people laugh!