Stronghold 2: Steam Edition replaces the obsolete GameSpy with Steam multiplayer and a host of new features. Players who already own Stronghold 2 on Steam have been automatically upgraded to the Steam Edition for free. R.I.P. GameSpy.
Firefly Studios has just released Stronghold 2: Steam Edition, a remaster of the 2005 original. The remaster replaces the obsolete GameSpy with Steam multiplayer and a host of new features. Firefly has made the most out of the remaster and used the occasion to add features such as achievements, enhanced visuals, Steam Workshop integration, a digital art book, soundtrack and Steam trading cards.
Players who already own Stronghold 2 on Steam have been automatically upgraded to the Steam Edition for free. I've spent half of my childhood arguing with my sister about whose turn it is to play the original Stronghold. This brings back some fond memories.
Steam describes Stronghold 2: Steam Edition as a way to "tax, torture or treat your peasants! Rehabilitate criminals or sentence them to death? Decide as you joust over a lavish banquet, all while under siege from the warmongering Lord Barclay. Entertain your subjects or rule with an iron fist, dispensing medieval justice to overworked and malnourished peasants. With powerful barons jostling for power over a disintegrating kingdom, it is up to you to stem the tides of ambition and unite the land under the one true King"
This new version of Stronghold 2 has been created exclusively for Steam. It is designed to "future proof" the castle sim and revive the game’s multiplayer community. The developer believes that "with new content, enhanced graphics and a reworked UI the Steam Edition brings Stronghold 2 into the modern era for both veterans and Stronghold newbies to enjoy."
Support for Steam Workshop also allows players to recreate real-life castles, battlegrounds from medieval history and scenes from their favourite fantasy epics. *Read "Game of Thrones"*