Firefly Studios

Timeline

Firefly History

1995
Jun 15

Simon Bradbury & Eric Ouellette meet

While working on Caesar and Lords of the Realm. Simon, working as a freelance coder and designer, meets Eric, working in a Producer role.

1999
Nov 15

Firefly Studios is setup

Simon and Eric decided to break off on their own and set up Firefly Studios in 1999, with the aim of merging the City Builder and Real-Time Strategy genres. The small team start working on their first title out of a small rented room in South London for two years.

2001
Oct 19

Stronghold is released

Stronghold was released in 2001 to critical acclaim and commercial success. The gaming press agreed that Firefly had managed to bring players a title which successfully merged the City Builder and RTS, without sacrificing the fun or depth found in either genre. The game became a surprise hit for publisher Take Two particularly in North America, the UK and Germany, where on PC it beat Grand Theft Auto 3 in the Christmas charts. Critics praised the game’s unique premise, British charm and playability.

2002
Jul 31

Stronghold Crusader is released

A year later Firefly released Stronghold Crusader, which shifted the game’s setting from medieval England to the Middle East and featured a more fast-paced RTS experience. Crusader would eventually become the fan-favourite Stronghold game. Both games went on to sell over 2 million copies each.

2003
Aug 29

Space Colony is released

In a departure from their medieval roots Firefly Studios take fans to new worlds in the critically acclaimed Space Colony, a people sim with real personality!

2004
Feb 02

Firefly opens a new US studio

Firefly crosses the Atlantic to open US office.

Nov 01

Firefly opens QA office in Scotland

Firefly heads up north of the Wall to open a new office in Aberdeen, Scotland.

2005
Apr 18

Stronghold 2 is released

Firefly Studios releases a sequel to Stronghold. The game enters the top 10 all over the world and stays at number 1 in Germany for over a month.

2006
Jul 24

CivCity: Rome is released

Firefly Studios releases CivCity:Rome a city builder based within the world of Civilization.

Oct 13

Stronghold Legends is released

Firefly Studios releases Stronghold Legends, a legendary twist on the classic Stronghold gameplay featuring the Legends of King Arthur, Vlad the Impaler and Seigfried of Germany.

2008
May 27

Stronghold: Crusader Extreme is released

Stronghold: Crusader Extreme, an updated version of 2001’s Stronghold expansion, adds larger armies of 10,000 men, new buildings and missions.

2009
Jul 01

Stronghold Kingdoms Alpha begins

The first Alpha test began in 2009 and was open to 150 players.