Announced during E3 2019, Stronghold: Warlords is the first title in the series to take its action to the Far East. The move, as expected, will come with a freshened roster of soldiers, a recent video showing off a couple of Vietnamese and Chinese units.
The Vietnamese Blowpipe and Spear Tribesmen might not prefer armor, however, their light attire makes them ideal skirmishers in Stronghold: Warlords. Cheap and quick to recruit, they're excellent at harassing enemies, performing spontaneous raids on workers and taking down already weakened enemy units.
Stronghold: Warlords Vietnamese and Chinese Units
The Vietnamese units' lack of armor does, however, translate to a significant vulnerability to gunpowder and fire. The Chinese units in Stronghold: Warlords come divided into two categories: Auxiliary and Imperial.
The lightly armored Auxiliary Archers excel when defending castles, especially if placed in elevated positions that give them a bonus to their range. Aside from filling your opponents with arrows they can also set off traps early, granting you a higher level of control over the battlefield.
The Auxiliary Axemen in Stronghold: Warlords excel at close combat, being a viable choice when your Warlord needs defending. Their ability to withstand punishment makes them great front line fighters.
Lastly, we got a look at two Chinese Imperial units in Stronghold: Warlords: the Bannermen and Crossbowmen. Expensive and armored, these units cost more and require longer production chains to craft their weapons but pay off through their higher resilience and ability to deal large amounts of damage.
The full version of Stronghold: Warlords will also include units from Mongolia and Japan. Stronghold: Warlords is set to release next year on PC, via Steam.