Game developer Firefly Studios has announced that its historical real-time strategy game sequel Stronghold 3 will be released in North America in August for the Microsoft Windows platforms. The game is the sixth in the series after several spin-offs as well as an MMORTS. It is the sequel to Stronghold, released in 2001, and Stronghold 2 released in 2005. Unlike previous games in the series which were published by Take-Two Interactive, the game will be published by SouthPeak Games. SouthPeak Games being the new parent company of Gamecock Media Grouppublisher of the Stronghold Crusader remake Stronghold Crusader Extreme.
The game mechanics in Stronghold 3 will be more like those of the original Stronghold, instead of Stronghold 2. Buildings in the game will be more dynamic; the housing capacity and appearance of hovels will change as they are built further from the player’s castle, and the keep will be upgradeable. The game engine will utilise Havok physics, which will affect the effectiveness of traps, such as rolling logs, and cause buildings and walls to crumble more realistically. The game engine will also feature a new weather system, and advanced lighting.