Stronghold Crusader 2, the long-awaited sequel to cult classic RTS Stronghold Crusader, will be released worldwide on September 2, Firefly Studios announced today.

Stronghold Crusader 2 returns players to the deserts of the Middle East circa 1189, with a new 3D engine and realistic castle destruction powered by Havok Physics.

In a blog post on the game’s official website, Firefly co-founder and design lead Simon Bradbury explained the company’s decision to release the game slightly later than expected.

“Fans of the Crusader series have high hopes for Crusader 2 and although many want to get their hands on a copy as soon as possible, it was never our intent to rush the development process,” wrote Bradbury.

“Since the beginning of the project we have maintained that Crusader 2 will pop its head above the parapet only when we are happy that it is truly ready for battle.

“Well now we think it is almost there, we are about to go into final testing and have recently been confident enough to demo our baby at public events such as EGX London, Rezzed and PAX East,” he added.

“We will have a sequel worthy of the Crusader name come September 2.”

On launch day Stronghold Crusader 2 will be available both online through Steam and in stores.