3D Football Manager 2009 kicks off Nov. 14

FM09 announced in London yesterday with brand-new 3D match engine for PC; PSP coming simultaneously, but no home console versions this time around.

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Football Manager and its forebears have long dominated the management sim landscape, and that dominance is showing no signs of slipping. According to developers Sports Interactive, the 2008 version sold in excess of 1 million copies having spent more than 20 weeks at the top of the UK PC games chart.

The new match engine.

Studio head Miles Jacobson took the wraps off the latest annual installment yesterday, with the biggest change being a new 3D match system for the PC and Mac versions of the game. The team has worked on the engine for close to three years and was able to incorporate it into this year's version with help from Sega Japan's Virtua Striker team. Traditionalists need not worry though: The 2D view and highlights mode are still available for those who want them. Other updates include the obligatory updated player and team information, as well as widescreen support and the addition of press conferences.

Jacobson said the team has included about 100 new features in FM 2009, with 50 to 60 yet to be revealed. Football Manager is now available in 17 languages, and while the UK market still represents 45 percent to 50 percent of sales, the game's community is growing in such markets as France, Scandinavia, Spain, and Czech Republic. While there are no new leagues included this year, due to a lack of available researchers (Football Manager currently has 1,500 researchers), players should kept busy with the 51 countries, 5,000 clubs, and more than 350,000 players and staff represented in FM 2009.

While its big brother moves to 3D, Football Manager Handheld 2009 will see the addition of a new 2D match engine for the PSP. Fans that were holding out for a new Xbox 360 update, or indeed a PlayStation 3 debut this year, will have to wait. According to Jacobson, the team is taking "a year off from Xbox 360," citing a "crap" control system as his chief complaint, echoing his comments to GameSpot when explaining the delay to the 2008 edition.

Football Manager 2009 and Football Manager Handheld 2009 will launch on November 14. For more on the franchise read GameSpot's review of Football Manager 2008.

Discussion

25 comments
leezer4000
leezer4000

pity no 360 version get it for pc instead :) every prob has a solution :D

brunitho
brunitho

Soy de uruguay i me gustaria saber para cuando sale a America Latina... gracias I m form uruguay and i´d like to ask for when does this game is going to came to Latin America... thank you

bodylotion
bodylotion

Looking forward to this game, 2008 was amazing so this game cant be bad.

aptx14
aptx14

awesome , looking forward to this.

UnearthedEynon
UnearthedEynon

once again this game looks awsome cant wait.... sports interactive

the_one500
the_one500

I've been playing FM since about 1993, every single year without fail and this year will be no different, about time the match engine went 3d but still loving the 2d engine, will be playing this from release date right up til the next release as usual!!!! CANT WAIT!!! :) :) :)

macmert
macmert

I love you FM... I love you FM...

rizalariff
rizalariff

Why couldnt the 3d engine be included in the psp??

arun_pullat
arun_pullat

Well... there goes my "social" life.

Aldouz
Aldouz

It will be a big success... Just like when Paradox decide to make Europa Universalis 3 in 3D... Big success

Syzgygy
Syzgygy

This is going to be a great game. What I really liked when watching their video blog was the information about keeping 2D in there (In addition to the new 3D). It'll really make the game accessible on many systems, laptops for example, which doesn't have proper gfx cards. I hope they'll mention something about fixing the scouting system eventually.

pimp_jim
pimp_jim

still playing '07, but might have to finally move on.. :( and where the hell's FM live?

MJPK
MJPK

This game is going to be brilliant.Can't wait :D

shadystxxx
shadystxxx

Football Manager is one of the greatest games ever IMO. I have been playing the series since the very first championship manager on Amiga and have bought every version ever made, i love there football management games and really none of the competitors games compare to FM. Still playing 08 but cannot wait to play 09, i wish it was coming out sooner.

lippy10
lippy10

Cirus2, the match engine is only around 50% complete so dont judge it just yet

Cirus2
Cirus2

3D looks abit PS1 to me

dippy88
dippy88

Can't wait for this to come out, still actually playing FM08

St0Ne4Ge
St0Ne4Ge

cant wait for this to come out i have been a fan of sports interactive for years now bring on fm09

dth_dlr
dth_dlr

loved the look of the news 3D match engine, cant wait to get this

finallyalex
finallyalex moderator

Screens have just been processed and posted. :)

galerian86
galerian86

I love the FM series. Can't wait for the new one. 3D engine? Gimme some screenshots :D