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.

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Robert Euvino, Composer and Sound Designer at Night Owl Productions explains:

Creating high-octane siege music was an interesting challenge. 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:

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