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BLOOD BOWL : WOOD ELVES VS CHAOS

Cyanide and Focus Home Interactive are pleased to reveal this exclusive set of new screenshots taken from Blood Bowl, the video game adapted from Games Workshop's famous board game.

The imaginary forerunner of football, Blood Bowl is an ultra violent team sport based on the Warhammer world. It lets players compose a team of Orcs, Elves, Humans, Dwarves and many others fantasy creatures before jumping into the bloodiest arenas. The sport game is both strategic and violent. It requires tactics, a certain amount of game-sense and a lot of self-confidence.

Now we can reveal the two last races in the game. After the Orcs and the Humans, the Dwarves and the Lizardmen, the Goblins and the Skavens, today is the day for the Wood Elves and the Chaos to show themselves and compete on a field already covered with blood from previous plays!

Wood Elves teams are very elegant and fair play in their game. They are very specialized with distinctive positions for each role. Fragile and yet agile, WoodElves give priority to evasive tactics in order to avoid confrontation and score without using any violence.

But don't get this wrong, Elves won't pull back before a fight if they have to; Wardancers know how to stop pesky foes. Last but not least, Elves can count on valuable help from Treemen. Their strength and sturdiness have no match, but Treemen have a bad tendency of taking root in the middle of the field during the game!

Chaos teams use a totally different game style than the Elves teams. They have a limited concept of fair play and don't care very much about the ball… at least, not if someone is still standing in the other team. To sum up their game philosophy, let's say that some Chaos teams count points in numbers of victims instead of actual touchdowns.

Their teams are composed of warriors and beasts that are corrupted by the power of Chaos, privileging brute strength and contact, trying to eliminate every adversary before scoring. When opponents are a little bit more resistant than expected, Chaos teams line up wild Minotaurs whose bestiality would make any other team shudder. However, be careful, Minotaurs are only honorary Blood Bowl "players"; they are totally uncontrollable and seldom follow their coach's orders.

Both teams are waiting for you to play in highly contested games in 2009.

Blood Bowl is currently in development and will come out on PC, Xbox 360 and on Nintendo DS and PSP handheld systems.

Visit the teaser website of Blood Bowl: http://www.bloodbowl-game.com

About Focus Home Interactive

Founded in 1996, Focus Home Interactive is a French publishing 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.

www.focus-home.com

About Cyanide Studio

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!

www.cyanide-studio.com

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 Games Workshop, Warhammer, Blood Bowl, the foregoing marks' respective logos, and all associated marks, logos, places, names, creatures, races and race insignia/devices/logos/symbols, locations, weapons, units and unit insignia, characters, products, illustrations and images are either?,™ and/or?. Games Workshop Ltd 2000-2009. Used under license. All Rights Reserved.

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