Stronghold Crusader 2 (SHC2) is the successor of the 2002 game Stronghold Crusader and the latest installment in the Stronghold Series. It came out on September 23rd, 2014[1], with the game being available on Steam,, The Humble Store and Amazon.[2]

New contentEdit

For more information, see this link: Crusader 2 Fact sheet

Stronghold Crusader 2 introduces a lot of new content while inheriting numerous features of previous games in the franchise. New features (excluding downloadable content):

  • 3D Vision engine instead of a 2D engine, with similar tile-based placement of buildings and units.
  • Steam support, along with friend lists and game invites between fellow users.
  • An Arabic skirmish trail, resembling the Crusader Trail from Stronghold Crusader.[3]
  • 8 AI characters with different play-styles and personalities.
  • A selection of new unique units:
  • Special abilities for some units: a whirling attack for the Dervish, a defense aura for the Sergeant-at-arms and the Slave driver(only affects slaves), and a charge ability for the Sassanid Knight, the maceman and the mounted Templar Knight.
  • Multiplayer cooperative mode, which allows multiple players to work on the same castle (resembling the Castle Builder mode), in player versus computer games as well.
  • Togglable dynamic events during battles, such as sandstorms disturbing vision, lightning strikes, fire, tornados and locust swarms.
  • Units use tools to destroy walls instead of their standard melee attack.
  • Refurbishment of the economic system.
  • Unique Arabic and Crusader building styles, as players can choose their own AI character face in Skirmish mode.[4]
  • New housing system based on distance from the keep (derived from Stronghold 3).
  • Unit groups can take certain formations (derived from Stronghold 2). 

Content (under construction)Edit

Stronghold Crusader 2 Buildings
Stronghold Crusader 2 Units
Stronghold Crusader 2 Characters
Stronghold Crusader 2 The RatThe WolfSaladinThe CaliphRichard The LionheartThe ShahThe Slave KingThe Sultana
DLC The PrincessThe PigThe TemplarThe DukeThe EmperorThe HermitThe JackalThe Khan
Stronghold Crusader 2 Game Modes
Single Player Skirmish TrailCustom SkirmishSandbox
Multiplayer Skirmish

Merchandise and debutEdit

Stronghold Crusader 2 has been available for purchase on Steam. The game could be pre-ordered before release, in which case ordering players received the product at a reduced price, the 'Justice' and 'Freedom Fighters' mini-campaigns, ten unique crests and a Power Pack for Stronghold Kingdoms.

Stronghold Crusader 2: Special Edition can also be ordered for more content. This order involves the above content, plus a digital artbook, a library of the game's soundtracks and a free copy of Stronghold Crusader HD on Steam. [5]


For the development history, see the game's development log.

Stronghold Crusader 2 has been in development since 2012 by Firefly Studios. The staff continuously collected community feedback and gradually revealed game information for 2 years before its release, in order to provide the best user experience possible. In Spring 2014, Firefly Studios pinpointed a release date of September 2nd, 2014, however bugfixes and other adjustments delayed it until the 23rd. Various bugfixes and balance changes have been released since then, mostly based upon user criticism and feedback on the official forum.

Stronghold Crusader 2 includes few expansions subsequent to the initial release, giving access to new AI characters to compete against, skirmish trails and two mini-campaigns:

  • Princess and the Pig (March 20th, 2015)
  • The Emperor and the Hermit (May 13th, 2015)
  • The Templar and the Duke (July 1st, 2015)
  • The Jackal and the Khan (November 6th, 2015)
  • Stronghold Crusader 2: Delivering Justice mini-campaign (December 18th, 2015, initially remained exclusive to those who pre-ordered Stronghold Crusader 2 or those who purchased the Ultimate Edition)
  • Stronghold Crusader 2: Freedom Fighters mini-campaign (Initially remained exclusive to those who pre-ordered Stronghold Crusader 2 or those who purchased the Ultimate Edition)


Gameplay screenshotsEdit

  • Blue Arabian castle
  • Small red castle
  • Horse archers and a ballista retailiating
  • A squad of catapults advancing
  • Two armies before battle
  • Green encampment near an oasis
  • Battle on a hill
  • Disease spread inside a castle
  • Arabian troops waiting at a river
  • Rectangular teal castle
  • Yellow castle (resembling the Emir's castles)
  • The Caliph's castle
  • A group of slaves
  • A burning castle

Concept arts and wallpapersEdit

  • Wallpaper from the official fansite
  • Alternative logo
  • The recurring Assassin (concept art)
  • Merchandise art (with the Assassin on pic)
  • Merchandise picture (view of a preparing army)
  • An Arab Swordsman (concept art)
  • The Slavedriver (concept art)
  • Arabian Bowman (concept art)
  • Arabian Bowman (rendered)
  • The debuting Ballista and War Wolf
  • The Sassanid Knight (concept art)
  • A desert castle
  • The siege camp (concept art)
  • The slavedriver (concept art)


Processor Intel Core 2 Duo or higher
Processor 2 GB, 2 cores
Video Memory 512 MB
Hard Drive Space 6 GB
Operating System Windows XP/Vista/7/8
DirectX Version


Connection (for multiplayer) Broadband

Note: from NVIDIA cards, at least GeForce 8800GT is needed. For ATI/AMD cards, at least Radeon HD 2900XT is needed.

External linksEdit

Stronghold Crusader 2 Related Websites

Articles and Interviews

  • 2013.06.13 community Q&A video part 1
  • 2013.06.27 community Q&A video part 2
  • 2013.07.11 community Q&A video part 3
  • 2013.07.25 community Q&A video part 4
  • 2013.09.19 community Q&A video part 5
  • 2013.12.19 community Q&A video part 6




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