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FireFly Studios’ new strategy game “Stronghold 2” is launched using Lifemode Interactive’s facial animation technology

27.04.2005  However what has astonished nearly all gamers have been the stunning character facial animation sequences in the gameplay.  The technology that created such amazing animation scenes was supplied by Lifemode Interactive’s LifeStudio:HEAD®.
LifeStudio:HEAD® has revolutionized facial animation markets with its high performance, reliability and proven technology.  The multi-platform SDK is a unique high-end software tool for creating innovative heads, and contains a comprehensive package of features and character libraries that supports Windows®, “PlayStation®2” and Xbox® platforms.  LifeStudio:HEAD also supports 3ds Max and Maya plug-ins.  The technology allows game developers and 3D artists to create cutting edge sequences in games that combines automated lip-synch with nonlinear facial animation in real-time.
Stronghold 2 is the only game that offers both sim and combat strategy gameplay.  With its amazing graphics and character animation cut-scenes, Stronghold 2 offers a full story-driven single player campaign, innovative features like the all-new Kingmaker and enhanced multiplayer modes and additional gameplay options for more casual players.  This is more than just a sequel.  Stronghold 2 combines a powerful 3D engine with deep, intuitive gameplay to create an unparalleled strategic experience for all types of gamers.
"With Stronghold 2, we"ve added more depth to the castle life, characters and siege gameplay”, said Simon Bradbury, Managing Director from Firefly Studios. “We are certainly very pleased with the amazing realism of all our characters that over all has produced what we think is the definitive medieval game.
Natalie Polikarpova from Lifemode said, "This is truly what our technology was designed for.  Now all players can enjoy a real adventure in the ultimate video games experience.  Thank you to those gamers for their amazing response!"
For further information regarding Lifemode’s facial animation multi-platform technology LifeStudio:HEAD contact  Stronghold 2 is rated T for teen and is available now from most European Retail Stores.  For more information please visit

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