WORLD'S GREATEST MANAGEMENT SIM RETURNS WITH MOST
AUTHENTIC RELEASE TO DATE
More than 1,000 improvements and enhancements make
Sports Interactive and SEGA tenth Football Manager™ the most compelling and realistic
Sports Interactive and SEGA Europe Ltd. today
unveil Football Manager 2014
most feature-packed and technically advanced release in the series history.
Benefitting from more than 1,000 improvements and enhancements over its most
recent predecessor, FM 2014 is the most realistic simulation of football
management ever released.
In addition to enhanced gameplay, FM
2014 also delivers a range of technical innovations, with the game available on
Linux for the first time and the introduction of cloud save technology, which
means that managers can now pursue a single career from any computer, anywhere
in the world.
The FM experience is also more
customisable than ever before, as the integration of Steam Workshop tools make
it easy for managers to create and share customised FM content and experiences
such as photo/logo packs, new and custom competitions and even tailor-made
in-game challenges using the new Challenge Editor which has been incorporated
into the free-to-download Pre-game Editor.
Our unchanging goal in the development
of the Football Manager series is to deliver the most authentic and immersive
simulation of real-world football management wherever you may be in the world,
says Sports Interactives Studio Director Miles Jacobson. Players can now take
charge of their team anywhere they can access a home computer, and with huge
improvements to existing features plus the addition of loads of new stuff, can
have the best Football Manager experience to date while doing so.
Some significant FM 2014 highlights include:
An improved 3D Match Engine
A tactical overhaul
More realistic transfers and
More sophisticated board
More complex interaction
between staff, players and rival managers
A revamped news system
An enhanced user interface
Evolution for Classic mode
Additional community features
Extensive tech improvements
Football Manager 2014 will be released
for Windows PC, Mac and Linux before Xmas 2013.
Fans who pre-order a copy of FM 2014
from a participating retailer (high street or digital download) will enjoy
early access to a fully-playable Beta version of the game, available roughly
two weeks prior to the official release date. Careers started in this Beta
version will continue in the full game. A list of participating retailers can
be found at www.footballmanager.com.
Further details on the games 1,000-plus
new and enhanced features will be revealed over the coming weeks via Facebook
(facebook.com/officialfootballmanager) and Twitter, from both the Football
Manager account (@FootballManager) and from Miles Jacobson directly (@milesSI).
There will also be weekly updates and
video blogs detailing many of the key features at the games official website (www.footballmanager.com) while more
detail on the headline features announced today follows below.
More detail on FM 2014s major new features
Improved Match Engine
The 3D Match
Engine has seen extensive improvements, including enhanced AI, improved
lighting and player animation, individual player character and kit models, more
realistic player reaction to on-field incidents and a range of optimisations which
combine to make this the best looking and fastest FM Match Engine yet.
been a complete redesign of how tactics are created, selected and implemented
with player roles and team strategies becoming even more prominent, definable
roles for players for multiple positions, new player roles and instructions and
improvements to rival managers' AI so that theyll adapt their tactics more
readily over time.
More realistic transfers and
features a revamped transfer module where opposing clubs and managers adopt a
more realistic approach when making or responding to transfer offers. In
addition, a number of new real world transfer clauses have been added, such
as the facility to loan a player back to the club hes just been bought from
and the option to offer a combination of cash and loan players, as well as new
contract clauses such as a sub bench appearance fee. On top of this, the old
turn-based system of transfer negotiations can now be done two ways, the tried
and tested system and a new live system, similar to that used in FMs contract
More sophisticated board
negotiations are more realistic in FM 2014, as managers and boards can now make
demands and lay down their respective visions for the club in both initial job
interviews and contract renewal discussions. Managers can also attempt to renegotiate
transfer and wage budgets as a reward for staying loyal if theyve been offered
a job by another club, with the outcome helping aid their decision on whether
to move or not.
Improved interaction with
players, staff and media
There is now
better interaction between players, managers, their rivals and the media; for
example, members of the coaching staff now offer feedback on how reserve and
youth team players are performing. Managers can also ask key players to have a
word with unhappy squad members, while the introduction of an end-of-season
meeting allows the manager to let the squad know how they have performed and
set targets for the coming season.
system has been overhauled so managers can now deal with many club matters
directly from their inbox. In addition, news is now colour-coded, based on
category, and contains more detail for example, scout reports now appear as a
single news item with a top-line report on all players scouted and the facility
to shortlist or make an offer for each of these players.
Enhanced user interface
have been made to FM 2014s user interface. Key areas have been redesigned
including the training overview page, the transfer centre and the news homepage
while widespread changes have been made across the games user interface. The
language employed throughout the game has also enjoyed a major overhaul and now
corresponds more closely to the language of real world football.
Football Manager Classic
now choose more than three playable nations in Classic mode for a more
immersive experience. In addition, FMs fast play mode now includes Transfer
Deadline Day, a Match Plan wizard and new unlockables.