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Free-to-Play Stronghold Invades Russia

London, UK30 th November, 2011– Firefly Studios, creators of the Stronghold series and free-to-play MMORTS Stronghold Kingdoms, today announces the launch of the game’s first Russian world.

Firefly Studios would like to announce its partnership with Akella Online and the launch of Mir 1, Stronghold Kingdom’s first Russian world. Akella is a leading developer, publisher and distributor of PC and console games in the Russian and CIS market. They will handle marketing and customer support for the game in these territories following the world's scheduled launch at 13:00 GMT on December 1 st 2011.

Simon Bradbury, Lead Designer at Firefly, had the following to say.“This marks the fourth new world we’ve launched for Kingdoms this year, three of which have been for territories outside the UK. After the successful launch of our German and French worlds there was significant demand from fans to create a Russian world in Kingdoms and with the help of Akella we’ve been able to do just that. We’re proud of how successful Kingdoms has become in 2011 and I’d like to personally thank the players, who can look forward to lots of new features and updates in 2012”.

More information about Stronghold Kingdoms and Firefly Studios can be found at www.strongholdkingdoms.com and www.fireflyworlds.com. For the latest on the new Russian world please visit ru.strongholdkingdoms.com or follow @AskTheWolf on Twitter to be insulted by a psychotic medieval warlord.

About Stronghold Kingdoms

Stronghold Kingdoms? is a unique free-to-play MMORTS that combines PC and web-based gaming, bringing online interactivity and community together in a richly depicted medieval world of thriving villages and dramatic castle battles. Players can enjoy classic Stronghold gameplay and graphics while they build, besiege, pillage, farm, explore, research, vote, trade and banquet their way to the top. The game is currently in beta. For more information please follow @shkingdoms on Twitter.

About Akella Online

Akella Online is a leading developer, publisher and distributor of PC and console games, as well as multimedia products in the Russian and CIS market. The company has released more than 800 titles including Disciples III and Postal III and currently houses Russia’s largest localization studio. They employ over 250 staff, with their head office located in Moscow. For more information please visit their website at http://en.akella.com or follow @Akella_Games on Twitter.

About Firefly Studios

Firefly Studios is an independent PC game developer specialising in real-time strategy and MMO titles. Formed in 1999 by Simon Bradbury and Eric Ouellette, the company has brought to market a number of high profile and commercially successful strategy games, including the Stronghold series with lifetime sales of over five million. They have offices in the UK and US. For more information please visit their website at www.fireflyworlds.com or follow @FireFlyWorlds on Twitter.

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