Commence Sportkill! Blood Bowl 2 Launch Trailer Early

There will be blood.

Blood Bowl 2 [official site] is due to launch tomorrow, barring unexpected problems, and I believe our Adam will be telling us Wot He Thinks about Cyanide Studios’ follow-up to their adaptation of Games Workshop’s fighty sports tabletop game. Until then, well, you can read his impressions of a pre-release version. You can also watch videos and whatnot, as the launch trailer has arrived a little early and it’s got a few new gameplay-ish vids too. Sports, go!

Here’s your regulation video game launch trailer, all sound and fury:

Here are a few gameplay minutes of Orcs and High Elves throwing down:

And here are Bretonnians lining up against an Orc team, though some YouTube commenters are griping that it’s highly unlikely that anyone would play like this so, you know, bear in mind that marketing materials may not accurately reflect your experiences.

Rather than release a squillion editions of the game adding in new races, this time Blood Bowl 2 will just pop ’em out as DLC – in smaller quantities and at higher quality, Cyanide have said. Not everyone’s thrilled that it only starts with eight races, and that they may need to buy DLC to get their favourites.

Anywho, the base game will cost £35 when it arrives tomorrow for Windows.


  1. Auru says:

    I really hope the final product differs from what we have been playing in beta :/

    Cyanide does it again.

    • Chris Cunningham says:

      Hey, if it falls short then at least you know that the problems (other than the seemingly inevitable ridiculous loading times seemingly built into every GW license) will be fixed by… a full-price “edition” release in nine months.

      • mtomto says:

        I was just about to ask if there has ever been a succesful Games Workshop game?

        • Everblue says:

          The current version of Blood Bowl is pretty excellent. Yes there are still some bugs, but the really nasty ones have been fixed and we all know the others now.

        • Heliocentric says:

          Space Hulk (1993) is waiting to have a word with you outside… on overwatch.

        • EhexT says:

          Every 40k game by Relic? The 90s strategy Warhammer games? The Total War knockoff that came out a few years ago?

          There’s been lots of successful and/or good 40k games. It just looks like the franchise is cursed by awfulness because GW started handing out the license to anyone after THQ went bust and there’s no oversight to check quality anymore.

    • ersetzen says:

      What was so bad about the beta? I mean, there were a bunch of annoying stuff
      including the stupidly silly placement of the turnover button. I really hope
      player roles as overheads and a grid will be added but I don’t think the core
      had any major problems?

      • EhexT says:

        The UI got worse, the races got fewer, the rules got messed with and it costs full price again.

        Where’s the reason to buy this over the first game again?

        • Silent_Thunder says:

          The rules are arguably an improvement in many cases though, like the 150,000 bank rule that the rule committee decided on then Jervis vetoed to put his pet rule in instead, the rule that would have curtailed the massive long-term advantage bash teams have over agility at high levels.

          Also the fact that most of the players are fleeing to the new one, and there’s also always FUMBBL that people seem to ignore.

          • Silent_Thunder says:

            And because RPS STILL doesn’t have an edit function, I’ll elaborate that only the stadium enhancements are solely Cyanide changes. The roster tweaks to Humans and orcs have been thrown around by various fan groups for awhile after the BBRC dissolved, and the aging rule was only recently removed from Blood Bowl to begin with, and Cyanide’s version is quite honestly much less severe than the old one we had.

            The transfer market stuff also appears to only be a private league thing as well, as in order to use it you need to have all the competitions paused, which I highly doubt cyanide would do to the public leagues.

  2. BigBadB says:

    Dawn of War series seemed to do pretty well. “As a series Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War has sold more than 7 million copies worldwide as of January 2013”, according to this:

    link to

  3. Horg says:

    I hope that audio distortion in the commentator dialogue is just youtube related and not actually representative of the final product.

    • BigBadB says:

      There was a note in the release patch notes about the commentary, so hopefully will be fixed tomorrow.