Kick-off has been postponed. Again.
While tʜᴇ ꜰᴜʟʟ versiᴏɴ ᴏꜰ ꜰᴏᴏᴛbᴀʟʟ ᴍᴇgaviolence strᴀᴛegy ɢᴀᴍᴇ Blood Bowl 3 wᴀsn't due ᴛᴏ ᴄᴏᴍᴇ ᴏᴜᴛ ᴜɴᴛɪʟ February 2022, ᴀɴ Early Access releᴀse ʜᴀᴅ ʙᴇen ᴀɴɴᴏunced ꜰᴏʀ tʜɪs ᴍᴏɴᴛʜ. Thᴀᴛ's ɴᴏw ʙᴇen pᴜsʜᴇd ʙᴀᴄᴋ. As tʜᴇ Blood Bowl 3 ᴛᴇᴀᴍ ᴀᴛ Cyᴀɴide Studio explaɪɴed ᴏɴ Twɪᴛter, "Tʜᴇ ᴄʟᴏsᴇd ʙᴇta lᴀst June ᴀɴd ᴀʟʟ yᴏᴜʀ ꜰᴇᴇᴅʙᴀᴄᴋ ᴡᴇre ɪɴcʀᴇᴅibly ʜᴇlpful ꜰᴏʀ identɪꜰyɪɴg ᴀɴd focᴜsɪɴg ᴏɴ ᴋᴇʏ imᴘʀᴏᴠᴇᴍᴇnts, ᴀɴd ɪᴛ sᴇᴇms ᴡᴇ ᴡᴇre a ʙɪᴛ ᴛᴏo optimɪstic wʜᴇn ᴡᴇ ᴀɴɴᴏunced ᴇᴀʀly access ᴏɴ PC ꜰᴏʀ Septemʙᴇr 2021."
Blood Bowl 3 was initially revealed with a release date of 2020, before that was punted into 2021, and has basically been chucked down the field as often as any inflated pig's bladder. "Our primary concern is the quality of the game experience we will deliver when the game releases," Cyanide went on to say, "and we want to take enough time to achieve these quality goals. That's why we have to announce a delay of the early access on PC.
"We will get back to you in the coming weeks with a new release window."
I went hands-on with Blood Bowl 3 earlier this year, and enjoyed additions like coaches being able to argue with the ref and some detailed player customization options. I only got to play against one of the devs rather than the AI, however, and improved AI is what I really want from a new Blood Bowl. If that's what they're working on, they can take as long as they like.