Firefly Studios

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Firefly Studios Limited
Logic Issue Limited (1999)
IndustryVideo games
Founded21 April 1999; 21 years ago (1999-04-21)
  • Simon Bradbury
  • Eric Ouellette
Key people
  • Simon Bradbury
  • Eric Ouellette
ProductsStronghold series
Number of employees
30 (2017)

Firefly Studios Limited is a British video game developer based in London, England. The company was formed in 1999 by Simon Bradbury and Eric Ouellette. The company has focused on historic real-time strategy titles for the PC and Macintosh systems, and is best known for its Stronghold series of games.[citation needed]


Firefly's first title, Stronghold was successful both critically and commercially.[1]

The company has however struggled to recreate the popularity of its original Stronghold and Stronghold: Crusader titles; Stronghold 2 and Stronghold Legends both reviewed poorly with metascores of 63%[2] and 57% respectively,[3] and the last of the series, Stronghold: Crusader Extreme, has received the worst reviews to date, receiving average 40% scores.[4] Their latest title Stronghold 3 has again had negative reviews by multiple gaming sites and fans for errors in the game (i.e. Hard to build walls, no kingmaker, etc.). Although there are many problems with this game, Firefly Studios is saying they will try to patch this game every week.

A brief collaboration with Firaxis Games produced CivCity: Rome, which again reviewed poorly,[5] and was in fact the last Firefly title published by Take-Two Interactive.

The latest title, Stronghold Kingdoms, is Firefly's first foray into the MMO genre and was launched as an open beta in November 2010.

Firefly has also previously stated in 2008 that they would be working on Stronghold 3 then Crusader II due to the high demand by fans but only after the completion of Dungeon Hero. In 2009 when asked if they had any other unannounced game in development other than Dungeon Hero and Stronghold Kingdoms, the answer was that they still had one more game in development.[6][7] In Firefly's second newsletter, they stated that they had "something very big in the pipeline" which will be revealed in 2010.[8]

Stronghold 3 was officially announced on 14 May 2010 by SouthPeak Games. It was released in October 2011.[9]

Stronghold Crusader II is the latest title in the Stronghold series and was scheduled for release in Q4 2013,[10] but got later delayed to Q1 2014.[11] It is the sequel to their 2002 title Stronghold: Crusader which is, according to Lead Designer at Firefly Studios, Simon Bradbury, "our favorite game, it’s our fans’ favorite game and it’s the game we have been waiting to put into production for several long years now."[12] The title was released on 23 September 2014.


Dungeon Hero, being developed for the PC and Xbox 360 systems, has been in development for several years. Originally being published by Gamecock Media Group until they were bought out by SouthPeak Games in October 2008,[13] this spurred a legal squabble on the subject of ownership of the game. Dungeon Hero is currently without a publisher[14] despite SouthPeak publishing every other Gamecock title due for release. Firefly Studios have announced that the title is on hold,[15] and with the last of several planned release dates having passed, it has further fuelled speculation that this title is now a vaporware title.

Stronghold: Next is the latest confirmed title by Firefly. On Electronic Entertainment Expo 2019, the title was revealed to be Stronghold: Warlords with a release set for 2020 on the Steam platform.[16]


Year Game
2001 Stronghold
2002 Stronghold: Crusader
2003 Space Colony
2005 Stronghold 2
2006 CivCity: Rome
2006 Stronghold Legends
2008 Stronghold: Crusader Extreme
2009 Stronghold Kingdoms
2011 Stronghold 3
2012 Stronghold HD
2012 Stronghold: Crusader HD
2012 Space Colony HD
2014 Stronghold Crusader II
2015 Space Colony: Steam Edition
2016 Wonky Tower[17]
2016 Stronghold Legends: Steam Edition
Cancelled Dungeon Hero
2017 Stronghold 2: Steam Edition
2017 Stronghold Kingdoms: Mobile Edition
2017 MetaMorph: Dungeon Creatures[18]
2020 Stronghold: Warlords


  1. ^ stronghold meta score
  2. ^ stronghold 2 meta score
  3. ^ stronghold legends meta score
  4. ^ crusader extreme meta score
  5. ^ civcity:rome meta score
  6. ^ "stronghold kingdoms interview". Archived from the original on 2013-10-19. Retrieved 2009-07-11.
  7. ^ Stronghold 3 and Crusader 2 coming at some point
  8. ^ Firefly Newsletter - Issue #2
  9. ^ SouthPeak Games Staff (May 13, 2010). "SouthPeak Games Acquires Rights to Publish Firefly Studios' Stronghold 3". SouthPeak Games. Archived from the original on May 4, 2012. Retrieved May 10, 2010.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-01-29. Retrieved 2013-01-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  12. ^
  13. ^ gamecock media group Wikipedia page
  14. ^ firefly studios forum
  15. ^ firefly studios forum
  16. ^ Press Announcement
  17. ^ "Wonky Tower | Firefly Studios". Archived from the original on 2016-06-14. Retrieved 2016-07-07.
  18. ^ "MetaMorph : Dungeon Creatures".

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