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First Blood Bowl screens released

Cyanide Studios gets its orcs out

French developer Cyanide Studios has finally released first in-game screenshots from Blood Bowl, its game based on Games Workshop's table-top title.

Blood Bowl, for anyone unaware, is a brutal fantasy sport - think rugby meets American football meets orcs and magic and a pitch strewn with limbs.

In addition to releasing first screenshots, Cyanide's explained that the game features both real-time and turn-based play modes - the latter obviously a nod to the title's roots - plus single-player and multiplayer.

Speaking about the single-player experience, the developer's said it "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.

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"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 we'll be able to "participate in large tournaments over the Internet in order to climb the official ranks".

Blood Bowl is due out on PC and Xbox 360 at the end of 2008. PSP and DS versions are also planned.

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