Stronghold Composer Uses Period Specific Instruments to Compose Unique Hybrid Soundtrack

New Soundtrack Preview Spotlights Three Original Compositions

London, UK – January 30, 2020 — Stronghold developer Firefly Studios has announced that series stalwart Robert L. Euvino will be returning to compose music for the latest entry in the castle-building franchise. Influenced by Japanese, Chinese, Cambodian, Mongolian, and Vietnamese culture, the music of Stronghold: Warlords comes together as a unique hybrid of different styles.

Hear some of the new music here

“Creating high-octane siege music was an interesting challenge,” said Robert Euvino, Composer and Sound Designer at Night Owl Productions. “Many far eastern instruments have a truly distinctive flavour and are never tuned to minor scales and harmonic minors, the scales that create darker sounds associated with war. In most cases, film and game music tends to abandon the instrumentation in favour of more traditional contemporary orchestral ‘war’ music. What we end up with is an interesting hybrid that should hopefully satisfy both longtime fans and purists.”

Firefly Studios will be returning to the modular ‘Oud’ system for Stronghold: Warlords, last seen in the original Stronghold: Crusader. Focusing on slower mood loops during city building gameplay and shifting to faster-paced energetic sounds during combat, the ‘Oud’ system will react to player input. The idea is that the ebb and flow of a mission will be reflected in the game’s ambient music, with full orchestral compositions reserved for key missions and narrative beats.

In addition to the ‘Oud’ system, Stronghold: Warlords will feature a number of full orchestral tracks set to be made available with the game at launch. Taking influence from musicians like Yo-Yo Ma and master Shakuhachi players, the Stronghold: Warlords soundtrack covers a wide geographical area and hundreds of years of history. It will be made available to purchase or stream at launch for veteran Stronghold fans to enjoy.

Scheduled for release on Steam in 2020, players can find out more about Stronghold: Warlords by visiting the game’s official website:

About Stronghold

The original ‘castle sim’ Stronghold combines the city-builder and real-time strategy genres, allowing you to design, build and siege historical castles. Now almost 20 years old, Stronghold has become a multi-million-selling franchise and household name for strategy and simulation gamers worldwide. A passion for large scale castle sieges, memorable characters, and British humor has earned Stronghold its enduring status in PC gaming as an RTS classic. Alongside six core titles selling seven million copies worldwide, the series has recently expanded to include free-to-play and mobile titles with over six million players of Stronghold Kingdoms, Firefly’s most successful entry in the series to date.

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