Blood Bowl 3 launched on Xbox last week, and unfortunately the reviews haven't been overly great so far, with the game sitting on a Metacritic high of 58 right now. The reception from its player base hasn't been ideal either, with the team already responding to fan complaints about the state of the game.
One huge issue so far has been server problems, which have prevented players from being able to log in, stay connected, and even unlock certain parts of the game. While a patch has already been deployed to try and combat some of these issues (on PC at least), it's still not entirely smooth. Cyanide Studio seems to be hard at work fixing the game up though, as detailed in a new community update.
"We’d like to start with where the game is at launch and what players can expect from us as we move forward. We know there are some features missing that players expect, being able to reconnect in a game for example, and we are working hard to get those features added.
The functionality of the game is our main priority and rest assured we will do our best to address any bugs or broken elements as soon as we can.
We hope that Blood Bowl 3 will be a game that is ever-evolving. Even the end of the roadmap is not the end of the road. We will continuously add content and events. We have big plans and ambitions for Blood Bowl 3 and these initial stumbling blocks don’t change that."
The post also goes into in-depth discussions about the game's monetisation systems, with the dev claiming that all of its micro-DLCs "are cosmetic only" in response to fan concerns.
"Next, we’d like to talk about monetization and appreciate this is a sensitive topic among the community. This is something we tried to communicate ahead of the launch, but we intend to implement features allowing players to be rewarded either with cosmetic items or Warpstone through play as well as purchase.
We know that we will probably not be able to convince all of you but we truly believe that our system is fair, rewarding and optional and that’s understandable."
If you're playing Blood Bowl 3 and would like to see a more detailed breakdown of the server issues & microtransaction concerns, the full community post is probably worth checking out. Hopefully these are just teething problems at launch and the team can get the game to where the community wants it to be in the coming months - the studio certainly sounds dedicated to the cause.
"Thank you for your time and for being so passionate about Blood Bowl. No matter the disappointment, we can always see the passion behind it and that is something that keeps us going and motivates us to turn things around."
Are you interested in Blood Bowl 3? Have you already played it? Let us know your thoughts on the situation down below.
I started playing the second one a few days ago having been a fan of the actual board game as a kid, and well it was flipping awful.
Totally unpolished and boring so I won't even be looking at this.
It does make me wonder why they don't make a proper sports game out of this akin to a Mario Strikers but with the Blood Bowl style.
I don't really see the point in just putting the board game on screen.
Unfortunately statements about “future events” and a “system fair to everyone” speaks volumes. They went for Microtransactions and milking the fan base and it’s a buggy messy on top.
Firms will eventually go back to unlockable cosmetics in games and games that feel like a deep rewarding experience. They’ll realise the few spenders they hook is nothing compared to being a big game.
Hogwarts Legacy has loads of cosmetics. Loads of unlockables. No Microtransactions.
They were clear about this.
It sold bucket loads.
When gamers know that VC or MT isn’t in a game it helps gain traction for sure
@Wheatly BB2 is a great game in my opinion. Was a near perfect adaptation of the board game and a great way for people to play when they can't get to each other.
Our local store set up a league during COVID so that everyone could stay in touch and keep playing the game they love.
This on the other hand is horrific. Constant crashes and server outrages. Missing so many features from the previous game, simple things like showing mutations on players. Kick off events show you the rules from the book but don't tell you who or how things have been affected and the commentary is literally the exact same audio from BB2.
I requested a refund from MS but was refused for the amount of time I have spent on the game. Most of which was spent trying to navigate the confusing menus or replaying games that had crashed/disconnected halfway through.
Total mess of a game.
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