Football Manager 2017
the ultimate sports strategy simulator and veritable relationship hazard, is back again.
Developed by Sports Interactive and published by Sega, the hugely addictive series is set for its 13th instalment.
Here, Mirror Football guides you through everything you need to know about a game which allows you to fulfil even your most outrageous managerial fantasies - perhaps guiding Woking from the Conference to the Champions League in six seasons.
Of course, that sort of thing doesn’t go unnoticed.
When is it out?
Available on PC, Mac and Linux, Football Manager 2017 will be released on November 4 this year.
If you can’t wait that long, you can pre-purchase the game from a participating digital retailer and you can start your next managerial campaign at least two weeks before the full release with the free early-access Beta. Careers started in the Beta mode can be continued in the full game in due course.
There’s also some free downloadable content for the Touch edition on mobile, including “Board Override,” “No firing” and “All Job Applications” stipulations.
How much will it cost?
Football Manager 2017 is being touted for a £28-35 retail price and can also be bought via download from Steam.
What are the new features?
Sports Interactive and Sega have been keeping their cards close to their chest ahead of the game’s release and beyond the promise of “more streamlined” gameplay, there has been little in the way of concrete assurances from the pair.
Based on the rumour mill, however, we are led to believe that customisation of manager avatars has been made more in-depth, a greater variety of scenarios have been added to the challenge mode and more interaction from club chairmen is now part of the experience.
The player and manager data-bases are expected to be beefed up considerably.
Will Brexit affect Football Manager?
It’s a question that few people expected to be asking, but given Football Manager’s hugely international nature, both in the context of the game and its production, it’s one that needs an answer.
Sports Interactive’s Miles Jacobson wrote a lengthy LinkedIn post in which he explained: “Football-wise, whilst not directly affecting us, the work permit system would come into place for EU Nations.
"Which we worked out would mean 175 players at the top level in the UK wouldn't have got work permits including - (Dimitri) Payet and (N’Golo) Kante. From a gameplay perspective, that’s going to cause more than a few problems for people who play the game as British clubs.”
Jacobson added: “Trade-wise, digital goods will likely be unaffected (apart from the exchange rate fluctuations).
"FM box copies would also likely be unaffected as they are manufactured outside the UK - although we may have to find a way to manufacture the game in the UK for copies here to avoid import taxes for our own game which could lead to longer times in getting discs manufactured as there is very limited capacity for this in the UK