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Here we go! The third phase of the Blood Bowl 3 beta kicked off during the Warhammer Skulls festival. The beta, which will last until 12 June, sees the arrival of two new formations, the Chaos Renegades and the Old World Alliance, and introduces a new feature: the pitches and their specific gameplay rules. Gautier Bresard, project manager for Blood Bowl 3, presents those new features in an exclusive video.

Bitter rejects, die-hard cheats, or blatant foulers: Chaos Renegades teams represent the real flotsam and jetsam of the Blood Bowl world – players so maladjusted that no coach worth their salt would let them play on their roster. Orcs, Skavens, Dark Elves, and even Trolls, Ogres, and Minotaurs team up with the most vicious Humans. While their diversity gives these teams a physical advantage, most of the players refuse to play nicely or turn up to practices together!

Speaking of diversity, the Old World Alliance teams also have their sayIn the bustling pubs of the cities of the Old World, former drinking buddies band together into teams of their own. Mixing the raw strength of Ogres and Treemen, the agility of Halflings, the obstinacy of Dwarves, and the balanced playstyle of Humans, Old World Alliance teams make the most of each member’s talents.

The Chaos Chosen pitch is an ode to desolation: a barren stone ground lined by giant sculpted skulls and stands separated by a ditch that the losers are thrown into. The pitch becomes an open-sky torture chamber when any of the players spill blood on the ground: the ditches fill with molten lava, and the players, assailed by the heat, find it more difficult to move and if worse comes to worst, fall victim to heat stroke and have to recover on the sideline.

Another of the introduced pitches is dedicated to one of the Gods of Chaos: Nurgle. This swamp, already intimidating in itself, awakens when a player dies during the play. Carnivorous plants then sprout, and a horde of worms begins writhing over the pitch, making it difficult for the fastest players to run and catch the ball.

The last pitch presented is that of the Dark Elves. This wooden pitch is over water, giving the impression that it’s more suitable for sailors than players. When the first touchdown is scored and the roars of the crowd reach a peak, this strange aquatic scene becomes a nightmare as a tentacled monster is roused. The platform becomes unstable and it becomes more difficult for stunned players to regain their senses. Finally, those who move too quickly may draw the monster’s attention and find themselves attacked!

Wackier, bloodier, and more spectacular than ever, Blood Bowl 3 is a hit with fans of the universe and strategy games alike. At launch, the game will include 12 teams each with their own pitch and cheerleaders, Solo and Multiplayer modes, and more customization options than a Blood Bowl game has ever offered before.

Blood Bowl 3 will be available on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Nintendo Switch in 2022.

About NACON:

NACON is a company of the BIGBEN Group founded in 2019 to optimize its know-how through strong synergies in the video game market. By bringing together its 16 development studios, the publishing of AA video games, and the design and distribution of premium gaming devices, NACON focuses on 30 years of expertise in the service of players.

About Cyanide Studio

Cyanide is a French video game development studio created in 2000 and based in Nanterre. It has two subsidiaries located in Montreal and Bordeaux. The studio is known for its sports games, such as the popular PC series Pro Cycling Manager and its console version, Tour de France. Cyanide is also the author of Blood Bowl (Sport/Fantasy, 2009), the adaptation of the famous Games Workshop board game; Game of Thrones (RPG, 2012); Styx: Master of Shadows, and the sequel Styx: Shards of Darkness (Infiltration, 2014/2017); and Call of Cthulhu, a game adapted from the tormented world of HP Lovecraft (investigative RPG, 2018). Since 2018, NACON, one of Europe’s leading video game publishers, holds a 100% stake in the company. 

About Games Workshop

Games Workshop Group PLC (LSE: GAW.L), based in Nottingham, UK, produces the best fantasy miniatures in the world. Games Workshop designs manufacture retails and distributes its range of Warhammer: Age of Sigmar and Warhammer 40,000 games, miniatures, novels, and model kits through more than 523 of its own stores (branded Games Workshop or Warhammer), the www.games-workshop.com web store, and independent retail channels in more than 50 countries worldwide. 

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