The video game realm will soon have a digital version of the Games Workshop’s famous board game Blood Bowl, as Focus Interactive today unveiled that it will publish Blood Bowl for both the Xbox 360 and PC in 2008.
Blood Bowl is a brutal team sport that unfolds in a parallel fantasy world based on Warhammer and American football. Gamers form a team of players from races including Orcs, Elves, Humans, Dwarfs and other fantasy creatures, then launch themselves into battle in the bloodiest of arenas. In essence, it’s a strategy sports game that combines tactics and bone-crunching action.
The video game adaptation of Blood Bowl has all of the characteristics of a traditional ball game, so it allows players to develop actual tactics and strategies before and during matches. The game offers two modes. The first, which is fully real time, offers intense battles between blocking linemen and agile players who leap and dodge through opponents’ tackle zones. Meanwhile, powerful spells and dirty trick special plays are unleashed across the field. The game’s interface offers different tactical and strategic setups, while the AI is responsible for managing the players on the field.
The second game mode, an actual turn-based game, is a treat for players of the original board game because it is an exact replica of Games Workshop’s tabletop classic. The original rules have been faithfully reproduced, and it contains all of the devices, strategies, play and rhythm of the original game.
The single-player experience allows the player to manage a team throughout an entire season of Blood Bowl, through the Old World of Warhammer. The team will evolve over the course of victories, experience gained and awards won. With its immense depth, this mode can almost be considered as a management game, from managing the popularity and sponsorship of players to the purchase and sale of players, as well as their aging, retirement and even death.
In multiplayer, the player will be able to throw down a challenge to other Blood Bowl players and participate in large tournaments over the Internet in order to climb the official ranks.