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Behold the brawling Bretonnians in new Blood Bowl 2 trailer

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The Blood Bowl 2 beta is now underway, meaning that if you've preordered the game, you might already be playing it. And if not, you can still enjoy this new gameplay trailer that introduces the Bretonnians, who are highly-skilled, very expensive, and strong, but still a bit fragile compared to some of the other players they'll face.

Blood Bowl 2 is essentially an ultra-ultra-violent version of American football, set in the Warhammer Fantasy universe. As you might imagine, injuries (and fatalities) run at an alarming rate, but in spite of its vicious nature, teams from the beefier side of the Warhammer rulebooks don't necessarily dominate: Gut-stomping is good, but as the new trailer makes clear, magic goes a long way toward balancing the scales.

Blood Bowl 2 comes out on September 22, which is less than two weeks away, but you can get into the beta right now if you're willing to pre-purchase on Steam. The beta includes four playable races—Humans, Orcs, Dwarves, and Skaven—plus "friendly" matches against local, online, or AI opponents, multiplayer leagues, team and league management and creation functionality, and the "Cabal TV" replay mode. Those who pre-purchase will also be given their choice of a bonus playable race, either the Lizardmen or the Wood Elves.

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.