Games Workshop and Cyanide have announced the upcoming release of a new title in the Blood Bowl franchise in the form of Blood Bowl: Star Coach. The game will be a free-to-play title and is scheduled for release sometime in the second quarter of 2013 on PC, Mac and tablets.
Based on Games Workshop’s fantasy football game world, the most recent Blood Bowl game (also developed by Cyanide) was released on PC and a handful of consoles in 2009 to a mixed reception.
The upcoming Blood Bowl: Star Coach brings with it a focus on team-building, with the player being able to choose team members from races such as human, elf, and dwarf. According to a press release, the game “tasks the player with creating his own Blood Bowl team (choosing from different races and players) and the development of his own offensive and defensive playbook. The player will then challenge other coaches, no matter which digital platform they play on, and choose the strategy that best fits his opponent.”
“Matches are resolved by an online server and a ranking system designates the best coaches,” the press release continues. “Coaches can develop their teams in a variety of different ways and have the opportunity to improve their teams by hiring Star Players or recruiting new staff.”
“Blood Bowl: Star Coach will interest both fans of football management as well as pure Blood Bowl enthusiasts,” added Patrick Pligersdorffer, CEO of Cyanide. “Players will encounter all the typical emotions and depth of play of a management game as well as the fun and originality specific to the Blood Bowl universe.”