Football Manager 08 gets golden boot

The 2007-08 season iteration of Sports Interactive's venerable football-management sim has gone gold, on track for October 19 release; 360 version announced for next year.

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While much of the buzz in the football management sim world of late has centred around next year's release of the massively multiplayer online game Football Manager Live, Sports Interactive and Sega haven't forgotten about the venerable offline version.

At a presentation in London for the release of Football Manager 08, Sports Interactive's managing director, Miles Jacobson, showed off the finished code of the title for the first time, giving the gathered press a glimpse of some of the 150-odd features that have made it into the franchise.

Jacobson explained that after extensive usability testing, the most significant changes and the majority of the development work this year has been with the aim of improving the look and feel of the game, to both open the game up to new players and make it a richer experience for old hands. This includes in-game assistants to help new players settle in.

The game features individual data and statistics gathered by a small army of researchers on about 300,000 players and coaches, and the development team is so confident that its database is accurate that it is releasing a list next week of 20 almost unheard-of youngsters it tips for success.

According to Sports Interactive, advice has also come from within the footballing world on how to make the game a more accurate experience. Following feedback from agents, win bonuses are now generally set by squad rather than by player, and feedback from Football League chairmen ensured that the ability to spread transfer-fee payments over time have been included.

Jacobson also confirmed that the game went into production yesterday--though the departure of John Gregory from QPR nearly pushed the release back--and is on track for release across Europe on Mac and PC on October 19. And, last but not least, an Xbox 360 version of the game has been announced, with no details as yet, other than it is due sometime next year.

Discussion

15 comments
SimuLord
SimuLord

Where does a Yank bloke with a serious football jones purchase a copy?

ssmcmullan
ssmcmullan

The demo isn't that much of an improvement on last year's game, let's hope this is worth waiting for.

StarFoxA
StarFoxA

300,000 players and coaches, wow. :O

KingChainz31684
KingChainz31684

never have gotten much into FM style of games porlly won't start today

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

I never thought this game was very interesting ... it just seemed to me to be zzzzzz but thats IMO not everyone elses. :P

rupprupp29
rupprupp29

@ agent_029 "FM 2008 will definitely not be on PS3" - from Gamespot's Q&A with Jacobson

hoppie
hoppie

is it that time of year again, when i lose myself and my loved ones in a Football Manager induced coma? *sigh* If i have to....

_Pedro_
_Pedro_

shadystxxx, it's sometimes scary at how well Football Manager get the talent of players right. It deserves a lot of praise.

shadystxxx
shadystxxx

Football manager is the most addictive game in the world. Friends see me playing it and say "why you playing that you dont do anything" when realisticly you do more in FM than any other game in the world. I have played this series since the very first championship manager on amiga i used to love championship manager italia. After playing the demo i was a bit dissapointed as it seemed like it just had a complete cosmetic over-haul, all the media comments are still the same. I'm assuming the demo didnt have everything in it, it never had player history and allot of other stuff in it. The match engine has definitly been updated allot, the game's play allot more realisticly and you rarely see the same sort of goal twice. And the dev's are right about how accurate there database is. Most of the great young players i have bought over the years have turned into superstars. For example: I bought Carlos Tevez In fm years ago before anybody heard of him and he turned int a top player. D.Alve's D.ashton while he played a crew was awesome. P.Mexes now plays for roma. C.Ronaldo J.Riquelme And many many more, all those players are players i used to buy before they were superstars used to turn into superstars on the game. I sure would like to see that list.

d_agra
d_agra

pre ordered Pc version!cant wait! 15 days and counting!!Got it for £17 and anyone interested go to Blahdvd where they sell it for £17 until the 8th of October !hurry guys

KingKoop
KingKoop

Glad to hear there's a X360 version, I might pick this up at some point.