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Blood Bowl III

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Genre: RPG/Strategy
Publisher: NACON
Developer: Cyanide Studio
Release Date: 2022

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'Blood Bowl III' Explains Its New Season System, Post-Launch Battle Pass - Trailer

by Rainier on Nov. 30, 2022 @ 3:29 p.m. PST

Blood Bowl III is a turn-based strategy game inspired by American football set in the Warhammer fantasy world.

Strap on your boots, don your helmet, adjust your shoulder guards and chest plate… and slip a sharpened dagger into your belt (it's the rules).

 The iconic death sport returns with the new video game of fantasy football faithfully using the latest board game rules and new content. Create your team, then crush, mulch and cheat your way to the top... leaving your opponents in the graveyard.

Blood Bowl III is a videogame of fantasy football where elves, humans, orcs and other creatures fight for the ball with shoulder charges, kicks, punches and weapons of varying degrees of lethality (and legality by the ref). As the coach, you must give instructions to your players: hinder the progress of your opponents by positioning them in your tackle zone, knock down those who get in your way, and break through to your opponents' end zone to score a touchdown!

All your units can gain experience and receive statistic bonuses or new skills. However, be careful: injuries are common, especially when the referee is a goblin who tends to overlook most forms of violence. Some players may even leave the field limp and lifeless, putting an early and definitive end to their careers.

It's the start of a new era for Blood Bowl III!

For the first time, this new adaptation, which introduces the latest rules and features from the legendary board game, gives Blood Bowl players season update, a format that encourages competition. There will also be new content in the form of a battle pass, called the Blood Pass, as explained in the above video by Gautier Brésard and Clément Nicolin, the Blood Bowl III Project Manager and Product Manager respectively.

After several years of development and numerous Beta phases used to integrate community feedback, the release of Blood Bowl III is the next step for a game structured to last. In addition to optimising the gameplay and the global quality, Cyanide studio will regularly integrate new content and features.

The initial launch version of Blood Bowl III will include 12 factions, which is 4 more than featured in Blood Bowl 2. Every 3 months, a new season will begin, with each season adding a new faction and a new Blood Pass. The Blood Pass has 50 tiers that players achieve over the course of the season's matches. On successfully reaching certain tiers, players receive free rewards that they can use to customise their teams, including new accessories, balls and dice. The top tier in the Blood Pass unlocks that season's new faction.

There will also be a paid version of the Blood Pass. If players buy it, they can immediately play as the new faction and will unlock a reward at each of the 50 tiers completed.

More than any other Blood Bowl game before, Blood Bowl III focus heavily on customisation options and competition. While the Blood Pass lets players obtain certain items, the same items can also be obtained as in-game rewards or be purchased in the online store using Warpstone, the game’s virtual currency. Whether unlocked for free or purchased from the store, the items are purely cosmetic. 

As far as competition is concerned, each player will be given a ranking when playing in competitive mode. In ranked matches, players go up against other players of the same level, progressively being challenged by coaches with more experience. The tournaments and league system are sure to be crowd-pleasers.

The Blood Bowl III Blood Pass is a new way to enjoy all the different content that Cyanide will be providing after the game is released. This content, plus launch versions that are cheaper than previous incarnations, regular season updates, mean Blood Bowl 3 has everything it needs to appeal to both long-term fans and players of tactical games who are looking to give fantasy football a try.

Blood Bowl III is a faithful adaptation of the Games Workshop board game, which is to receive a new edition this year. The game will use the new edition rules, teams (including the new Black Orcs and Imperial Nobility), units and associated skills. The best strategists will obviously be at an advantage, but will that be enough? All it takes is one unfortun6ate roll of the dice to change the course of a match.

Funnier, bloodier and more spectacular than ever, Blood Bowl III will be a hit with fans of the universe and competitive players alike. At launch, the game will include 12 races, each with their own arena and team of cheerleaders, campaign and multiplayer modes, and loads of customization options. Regular content updates will be added after launch.

Brutal, crazy, tactical… this is BLOOD BOWL!

Blood Bowl III will be available for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PC (Steam) on February 23, 2023, followed by Nintendo Switch at a later time.


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