Hot on the heels of the closed beta test, Nacon and developer Cyanide Studio have cooked up a new trailer to showcase the gameplay with an explainer that’s “for dummies”. No release date has been set, but Blood Bowl 3 has just completed its most recent beta play test and will eventually be coming to PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch and PC.
Following on from the previous popular adaptations of the Warhammer Fantasy take on NFL. Blood Bowl 3 takes the same concept as the first two games, but incorporates the 2nd generation rules from the tabletop game that was revived in 2020.
At launch, Blood Bowl 3 will include 12 teams – the Black Orcs, Chaos Chosen, Chaos Renegades, Imperial Nobility, Dark Elves, Dwarves, Elven Union, Humans, Nurgle, Old World Alliance, Orcs and Skave – each of which has their own pitch and cheerleaders. There will be both solo and multiplayer modes and more extensive customisation than ever before.
They’ve been building up to release with a series of community beta tests, bringing fans in to try out the game and get some feedback. Of course, there’s also just getting to see people play the game. Cyanide recently shared from stats from the hands on they were able to offer to fans. There were nearly 11,000 players with close to 36,000 hours of game time between them. 23,823 touchdowns were met with 26,884 (probably intentional) fouls being called by referees, but they turned a blind eye to some of the brutality of this fantasy sports game. There were 224,194 injuries, of which 4,618 players were taken off the pitch in a coffin! Oh and Ogres, Trolls and Treemen threw 575 teammates across the pitch.
It’s been a fairly long path getting to this point with Blood Bowl 3 revealed in 2020 and targeting a 2021 release, which obviously did not happen.
In our 2021 preview for Blood Bowl 3, Luke wrote: “Blood Bowl III remains every bit as particular as its predecessor, a lavish yet slavish adaptation of the most recent board game, with the benefit of a fancy new engine that promises new features such as in-depth customisation of characters, which will likely take full advantage of the upgraded graphics.”