It gives us great pleasure to announce that The Rat, one of the four most notorious AI Lords in the Stronghold universe, will be returning to wreak havoc in Crusader 2. There is always a certain element of nostalgia at play when making a sequel to such an old and beloved game, but that is not our motivation here. The return of our classic characters is among the most frequently requested features from fans.Whenever we are at public events like PAX, EGX or Gamescom people often tell us that they have fond memories of The Rat, The Snake, The Pig and The Wolf. These characters are synonymous with the original Stronghold games, players grew up with them and naturally want to fight them in Crusader 2. We have said this many times before but it’s yet another perk of self-publishing, we can make calls like these and decide on the AI character line up ourselves.
It also makes a lot of sense from a design perspective. It’s no secret that The Rat was one of the weaker opponents in the original Stronghold. Putting him in Crusader 2, along with the game’s Tutorial Campaign, gives players something to practice with before they go online or take on the more difficult opponents. It has always been part of our mission statement to give the series a steady, approachable learning curve and hopefully these extra additions to the game get us a little closer to that goal.