Blood Bowl 2 is a football-inspired fantasy video game published by Focus Home Interactive and developed by Cyanide Studios. It was released on 22 September, 2015 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows.
Similar to the previous game in the series, Blood Bowl 2 is developed on a Games Workshop IP.
As compared to original Blood Bowl, that mixed turn based mechanics with a real time gameplay, Blood Bowl 2 focuses on the strategic and turn-based features.
Blood Bowl 2 has a distinctive visual style. It is developed on a new engine that has not only improved the graphics quality but also has retained the realistic camera angles that were originally inspired by real-world camera placement of American football. It makes the game look like an actual broadcast by Cabalvision (a fictional broadcaster). Once again Jim and Bob return as commentators to bring humor and fun to the game. Many other minor improvements have been made, including enhanced character animations.
The core gameplay is similar to the previous game in the series. However, the game now features a new turn-based affair and the concept of a real-time gameplay has been removed to focus on the strategic and tactical angles of the game.
The AI has also been improved. It was already punishing in the previous game, but now even an experienced player can expect the same amount of punishment. Every race in the game has its own AI designed carefully to match their behavior and personalities, which creates a more dynamic challenge.
Blood Bowl 2 shows the feedback from your moves before you perform them, which helps you make better strategic decisions on the sports ground. 3D dice-rolls are still there, but they pop much more now, with dynamic player control allowing coaches to make decisions more confidently. Player can now take advantage of better and clearly visible percentages shown to indicate expected success of an action as well as useful tooltips.
The game also features a market place that not only allows in-game purchases but also customization for stadiums as well as team jerseys.
Blood Bowl 2 launch trailer shows a number of gameplay features including touchdowns and strategies. Many races featured in the game are also shown as commentators introduce them. The brutal aspect of the game is also clearly visible throughout the trailer.
Blood Bowl 2 campaign trailer shows several customization options featured in the game. The narrator also talks about how surprising and unexpected events happening before and after a match affect the story-driven gameplay.
There are eight different races featured in the game. Bretonnian Knights is one of the new teams added in the game. Although, not all members in this team are Knights, some of them are lowly peasants.
Following is a list of team factions included in the game:
- Dark Elf
- High Elf