GC '07: Blood Bowl First Look

We check out an early work-in-progress version of Cyanide's PC adaptation of Games Workshop's brutal football board game.

LEIPZIG, Germany--While wandering through one of the Games Convention's five main halls today, we spotted a Blood Bowl logo on the side of an otherwise nondescript booth. The booth in question belonged to French independent publisher Focus Home Interactive, who was only too happy to give us a quick demo when we expressed an interest in the game.

For those of you who have never heard of Blood Bowl, it was originally a Games Workshop board game featuring the Warhammer universe's brutal take on American football. The sport has plenty of rules that are the same as those in football, but teams rarely adhere to them, and player fatalities aren't uncommon.

The version of Blood Bowl being shown inside the Focus Home Interactive booth was very early. So early, in fact, that it wasn't playable, and featured only two of the game's eight races: beastmen of chaos, and goblins. The remaining six races will be elves, skaven, humans, orcs, lizardmen, and dwarves. The player models that we saw competing against one another were nicely detailed and definitely in keeping with the Warhammer look, although all players of the same species looked identical, which we're assured will not be the case in the finished game. Star players like ogres and trolls will also figure in the finished game, but we didn't get to see any of the big guys on this occasion.

At first glance, Blood Bowl has the appearance of a real-time sports game, and it's possible to play that way if you wish. Turn-based is how Blood Bowl should be played, though, and when it's your turn you'll notice that a grid appears on relevant areas of the field to mark the squares that your players move between like chess pieces covered in spikes. The gameplay will purportedly be identical to that in the original board game, and--at least in the version that we were watching--there was text appearing on the screen that let us know the outcome of dice rolls as well as any special occurrences, such as pitch invasions and referees being bribed.

In addition to a lengthy campaign mode with team management options for solo players, Blood Bowl will support online play. No release date for Blood Bowl has been confirmed at this time, but we look forward to bringing you more information as soon as it becomes available.

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19 comments
gibbo81
gibbo81

I was hoping in more than eight races but maibe thay wont to save same to make an expansion!!!!

osama99
osama99

Turn-based = good! :) Eagerly awaiting it.

joey2683
joey2683

Anybody remember Brutal Sports Football? I had it for the Atari Jaguar. Save your comments, I liked the Jaguar........for about 6 months. It's in my closet now, hoping to be worth money some day....

rkk667
rkk667

I hope they do make it identical to the board game with a real time option like chaos league. At the moment the screenshots look like chaos league with a warhammer skin - so here is to turn based play, and throwing people to the crowd with a chainsaw ! WOO

brosian
brosian

I´m waiting to see this game... I´ve enjoyed hours playing the board game with my friends. Ops, I played with a Skaven Team.

GuillermoX
GuillermoX

Not that this sounds like a terrible idea or anything, but come on Blood Bowl gets a video game before Necromunda or Mordheim? I've been hoping they'd make one of those two true to the rules before something like this... Heck, have they even made an army based game that followed the real game's rules? Ah well, if its done right I bet this will be a ton of fun to play, and much kudos to the developers for not trying to rewrite the game.

demented669
demented669

about time they make a blood bowl game YEAH!!!! i played that game so much i love it !!!!!! YEAH !!!!

jjdomo
jjdomo

But right after that, they say, " Turn-based is how Blood Bowl should be played, though." It looks like you can play it either way.

SJBenoist
SJBenoist

RTS can not be "identical to the board game". Not even close.

Ziaxool
Ziaxool

The closer they stick to the "real" Blood Bowl rules the better in my opinion.

NemaLive
NemaLive

has anyone watch the movie, the beastmen look awsome

GaussGoat
GaussGoat

Blood Bowl is my favorite Games Workshop game of all time, so here's hoping that this game does a great job. Ogres throwing Goblins into the endzone for a Touchdown is one of gaming's greatest moments.

grizzgit
grizzgit

And lets not forget Warhammer: AoR, the RvR MMO, mr. klinsi. This is truly great news for any Warhammer veteran who enjoyed GW's independent game stock. Can't wait to hurl goblins across the field with my troll once more! Ah the good ol' times. Now all we need is a GorkaMorka RvR MMO and Mordheim RPG.

klinsi
klinsi

OK apparently Warhammer series is on fire right now After W 40K series as turn based game, than comes Fire Warrior as FPS game, than continued by superb & very succesfull W40K DoW as an RTS game than Warhammer MoC as TW games Now even in sports, here comes Blood Bowl I hope its truly real bloody compared to its name Time to kick the skaven out of the field, yeah...

NemaLive
NemaLive

They want to do this game for the 360 but havnt got a publisher, what tha this game would rock as a console game

NemaLive
NemaLive

If you want to see part of the movie check out my Blood Bowl blog for the link

yokiboy
yokiboy

Holy cow, I'm excited like a little baby about this bit of news!