Sweet Khorne: Total Warhammer – Blood For The Blood God

When a giant plucks a man from the battlefield and bites off his head, should there not be great gouts of blood spurting from the neck-stump? Should a troll not reasonably expect a spattering of the red stuff when tearing an Imperial knight into funsize pieces? The Blood for the Blood God DLC for Total War: Warhammer [official site] has just arrived, and as in Total Wars past, it adds blood to the battlefield. It also adds new campaign events that “serve to encourage slaughter across the world, all to the laughter and delight of The Blood God”.

Sega explain the existence of these blood packs with reference to lower age groups and regional ratings:

“Blood for the Blood God is likely to increase the age rating of the game to a ‘Mature’ or ‘18’ rating depending on the country of purchase. Please check that you meet the local age rating requirements of the DLC before purchasing.

“With around 20-25% of Total War players under the age of 18, Creative Assembly design Total War titles to be accessible for lower age groups, but have provided optional Blood Effect DLC for recent titles to enable older users to make an aesthetic choice should they wish to.”

I’ve never been particularly interested in past gore DLC because historical warfare alternates between bleak horror and triumphant glory quickly enough in my mind. Painting everything red doesn’t seem necessary.

In Warhammer though? Yeah, I want all of the blood. It’s a big, brash preposterous world and I want to paint it red.

This shot looks like it could be from Attack on Titan though and it scares me a bit.

Eek. The Blood God DLC isn’t part of the free patch which adds Blood Knights to the game, along with lots of tweaks to balance. More details on that here. Instead, it’ll cost you £1.99/2,49€/$2.99 on Steam.


  1. Unsheep says:

    Are giants in games ever boring I ask ? Not enough games have them, yet fighting a massive enemy is always cooler to me than any other type of enemy, no matter what game it is.

    TW:Warhammer is really starting to feel like a Lords of The Rings game done right.

  2. chuckieegg says:

    The thing is, the more they spam me with DLC, regardless of price, the more I’m going to hold our for The Complete Edition in a year’s time. Its more the annoyance and feeling that I’m missing out that the (Already irritating) feeling that I’m having to pay extra for something that should have been included with the original game.

    • SaintAn says:

      With the two sequels being stand alone addons that expand the whole game map and the races by owning them, and them having their own DLC too, you’re going to have to wait 7 more years for a complete edition. They have 6 more years on their 10 year plan to make the trilogy.

  3. Carlos Danger says:

    You do realize that they have to split out Blood DLC due to the prudish rating system because 25% of the player base is under 18.

    And you should be annoyed because the game is great. Though I would not expect a GOTY edition this year as the amount of DLC planned has increased due to the overwhelming success the game has experienced.

    • SaintAn says:

      DLC can be free though. And the rating system doesn’t say DLC has to cost money to be called DLC as corporation worshiping fanatics always say to defend it. Though I made $3 off Steam trading cards so I can afford it.

      • Sephirex says:

        Yes it does…..Hence the Hot Coffee scandal with GTA.

        • SaintAn says:

          Hot coffee was a mod activating a cut event still in the San Andreas code that wasn’t disclosed to the rating board. That in no way relates to DLC being free. Here’s the ESRB rules, no where does it say that DLC needs to cost money to have its own rating: link to esrb.org

          Try thinking if you want to argue with me.

    • brentkc49 says:

      Very true. Also, I love your username. Bravo!

  4. NetharSpinos says:

    This is the news I have been waiting for.

    As for dlc bitterness, eh, I’m far past caring. What’s a few extra pennies to reinvigorate interest in a game once forgotten, or to give an ongoing game a little extra oomph?

  5. maximus says:

    they split the blood out so that younger people cold play the game. but what exactly is stopping these younger people from buying the blood DLC anyway?

    imo that little snippet about why they are doing it this way is a load of bull. i think we all know why they are selling it as DLC, its just a bit of extra income. to me its the endless little lies like this that grate on me.

    • Thurgret says:

      The need to ask a parent for their credit card each time they wish to make a purchase, I should think. The same goes for all games on Steam. It’s basically down to parents to regulate what their children do where digital distribution is concerned, and here, CA can very plainly say “We don’t intend for this to be distributed to children.”

      • maximus says:

        completely agree that parents should regulate what thier children are doing online in this day and age. but you can get a debit card in the UK at 16 and use it freely online anywhere (including steam). CA are based in UK and they know this. sure they can say ‘we dont condone this’ but thats my point, they are just more PR words.

        • Sephirex says:

          This is about the ESRB ratings system. They get more sales when they’re rated teen, and they can move the gore out to a mature rated for the older audience who wants it. They’re not doing this for their own peace of mind that they’ve protected the children.

  6. DarkFenix says:

    CA have been really weird with this. A livestream making a song and dance about their nothingy FreeLC and balance patch, then the next day quietly release something people actually kinda wanted (I’m in the same boat as many, in historic TW games I’ve never bought the blood DLC, in Warhammer however… BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD).

    They really have been extremely variable, bipolar even, with their handling of information. Swinging back and forth between dick move and giving me what I want leaves me unsure quite what to think of them.

  7. GazPumped says:

    If it’s about ESRB & cie, why not a 1€ or less DLC then ? This is BS DLC policy, just like most of the Total War DLC prices.

    They’re just milking the cow like always.

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  9. Darth Gangrel says:

    This move feels like when movie companies change their original idea just to get a PG-13 rating (with a Director’s Cut sold later). They damn well knew that Warhammer should feature lots of blood, but didn’t add it so they could get a lower age rating. Now they’re all like “hey wait, we didn’t forget that stuff, you can buy it as DLC now”. No thanks, Total Wankers!