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Stronghold 2 Video Diary

A new video developer diary 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!

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