The official reason for delaying Blood Bowl II [official site] is “to ensure that players would enjoy the most polished foundations possible for the next generation Blood Bowl experience”. I think it’s probably also sensible to not launch a game around the media blitz of E3. So rather than in June, it’s now due to launch on September 22nd.
This news comes alongside a trailer showing off the story campaign, which is apparently a thing Blood Bowl II has. Here’s hoping for a Law & Order-style ‘ripped from the headlines’ FIFA send-up with weasel-eyed goblins (yes I know it’s a different ball game ugh jeez).
Sadly not. The campaign will be about the Reikland Raiders, a down-on-their-luck human team looking to recapture former glories. It’ll run like a regular Blood Bowl league but with a story wound through it, which’ll pepper matches which special events. You might have a helicopter crash block off part of the field, be treated to one of the commentators joining in the match, or goodness knows what else. The trailer does mention “shady sponsorship deals”, mind. Have a look:
Annnd it sounds like publishers Focus Home are already announcing the first DLC, as pre-orderers can get either the Lizardmen or Wood Elves team as a bonus. Still, developers Cyanide Studio told us a while back that they’re planning not to end up with a bajillion different editions like the first Blood Bowl, instead wanting to sell extra races one by one.