Firefly Studios has delayed feudal Far-Eastern RTS Stronghold: Warlords until March 9th, the studio announced this week.
The latest in Firefly's venerable castle-managing strategy series, Warlords moves setting from Europe to East Asia and makes a number of changes to the ways Stronghold handles walls and unit formations. But while previously scheduled for a January 26th release, the current state of the game's multiplayer means Firefly has postponed release until March 9.
We have an important announcement to make regarding the release date of Stronghold: Warlords to share with you all today. pic.twitter.com/PyuFTxujAJJanuary 11, 2021
"The reason behind this is that the game's multiplayer is simply not ready to be released yet," Firefly write. "We have run into some unexpected issues with it and, while we have worked very hard to resolve these with our current deadlines, we need more time to iron them out."
Firefly did briefly look into launching Warlords without multiplayer, and adding it in a later post-release update. But as the post explains, the studio has been promising multiplayer at launch for over a year, and Firefly feel it "wouldn't be fair" to drop it at the last minute. Stronghold: Warlords will launch on Steam March 9.