French based publisher Focus Home Interactive today announce that Blood Bowl, the video game adaptation of the legendary games workshop board game, will receive a September UK release to follow on from the successful launch across key European territories last week.
Blood Bowl, a violent mix of Warhammer Fantasy and American football, allows players to create the ultimate“fantasy” sports teams. Coaches can build bone-crushing teams of Orcs, Wood Elves, Humans, Dwarfs and many more fantastic creatures, and then throw them into the stadium for the ultimate blood sport. Blood Bowl is strategic, action-packed and violent, and requires coaches to utilise their best tactics and team design. And not forgetting a dose of pure ruthless bloodlust!
Speaking about the UK launch Cédric Lagarrigue , Focus Home Interactive COO, said“We are still in discussion with a number of publishing partners in the UK and will be in a position to announce full details over the next few weeks.” He continued“I think it’s fair to say that, even with the popular Games Workshop license behind it, there were some people who felt that Blood Bowl may struggle in the current climate. The excellent sales that have been achieved in France, Germany and Spain speak for themselves and have laid those doubts firmly to rest. Blood Bowl is now all set to repeat that success in the UK, its spiritual birthplace.”
Nelson, Games Workshop Licensing Manager, added“We’re delighted with the way that Blood Bowl the video game has turned out. Cyanide and Focus have delivered a perfect conversion and met the challenge of converting the board game into a computer game.” He went on“Blood Bowl now offers multiple new ways to play the classic Games Workshop board game and, as such, it appeals to a more mainstream audience. We are proud of this version of Blood Bowl and are already working on additional teams and star players that can be added to future updates."
Released last week in Europe, Blood Bowl is already a massive hit. It reached the #4 position in the all format charts in France, while in Germany the game entered into the PC charts at position #4 in value.
Blood Bowl has been developed by Cyanide Studios and is published by Focus Home Interactive. It will be available on X360, PC, Sony PSP and Nintendo DS in September 2009.
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About Focus Home Interactive
Founded in 1996, Focus Home Interactive is a Frenchpublishing and distribution company based near Paris, France. Known for the diversity, quality and originality of its catalogue, Focus now publishes and distributes many of its titles throughout Europe and also world-wide in both boxed retail and digital distribution formats. The last five years have been very successful for Focus in France, with many of its PC licenses becoming top-sellers. Focus has also published several original titles, including the adventure game Runaway, the renowned Cycling Manager and the much-loved TrackMania. The coming months will be exciting and full of surprises with the release of high-quality games such as Blood Bowl, TrackMania DS, Runaway: A Twist of Fate, Sherlock Holmes and sport games dedicated to major events such as the America’s Cup or the Tour de France.
About Games Workshop
Games Workshop is the world's largest tabletop wargames company. Based in Nottingham, UK, it designs, manufactures and distributes its range of Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 games, miniature soldiers, novels and resin models through more than 330 of its own Hobby centers, mail order, Internet and independent retail channels in more than 50 countries worldwide. Further details on the company can be obtained at www.games-workshop.com
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About Cyanide Studios
Founded in 2000, Cyanide is a privately-held video game development studio. It employs a total of 70 staff, divided between its headquarters in Paris, France, and its subsidiary studio in Montreal, Canada. Best known for its sport management sims such as the popular Cycling Manager series and Pro Rugby Manager, Cyanide also developed Chaos League and the Hack’n’Slash Loki. 2009 will see the release of Blood Bowl, the video game adaptation of Games Workshop's well-known board game, as well as the new edition of Pro Cycling Manager– Tour de France 2009 and the studio's first MMOG, Dungeon Party!