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Stronghold Crusader 2 – The Sultana

by William Schwartz

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The release of Stronghold Crusader 2, bar any more surprises, will be upon us very soon. Even so, Firefly Studios, the self-publishing developer of Stronghold Crusader 2, is still not done trying to give us some sneaky little peaks at the upcoming game and have introduced us to one of the opponents that we will see on the battlefields of Stronghold Crusader 2: The Sultana.

And no, not the grape, but the female counterpart of a Sultan. Some of you may remember we talked about the Caliph in our gameplay preview as one crazy (the loony kind) AI who is obsessed with fire. The Sultana is much more subtle. With a greater emphasis on the use of assassins and other specialized units, albeit in smaller formations. In combating the Sultana, good knowledge of counters for different units will be necessary, be it “dug-in” pikemen for charging knights and heavy Templar knights for whirling Dervishes. Also a lot of archers. Plenty of archers watching the walls, spread out evenly will be a must have or you will quickly find your lord getting assassinated by Altair types because you didn’t detect them.

As a new character in the Stronghold series, the Sultana brings along an opponent AI that focuses on trying to out-think you and try to hit you where and when you least expect it. It sounds like it will be an interesting challenge indeed, especially when compared to the pyromaniac Caliph. Variety is a good thing and all that’s left is to see if it pans out.

Stronghold Crusader 2 is planned for release on the 23rd of September for PCs and if you pre-order now from their website, you can get 10% off as well as some additional bonus content!

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