Sports Interactive announces Football Manager 2008

Latest iteration of the football management series announced for PC and Mac; set for release before the holiday season.

Sports Interactive has been busy developing Football Manager Live, its massively multiplayer online football management sim, but it hasn't forgotten its core single-player game. Today sees the announcement of Football Manager 2008, which is due for release on the PC and Mac later this year. Other formats have not yet been confirmed, but Xbox 360 and PlayStation Portable versions are expected.

The game will have more than 100 new features, including revamps to the financial management and awards sections, a new transfer centre, the ability to organise fan days, and an updated match flow system--which Sports Interactive's parent company Sega Europe called "The largest change to match-day in a Sports Interactive game since the introduction of the second match engine."

The game, which sees the player take on the role of a football manager and try to take their team to the top of the league of their choice, started life as Championship Manager in 1992. After Sports Interactive's split with Eidos in 2004 the name was changed to Football Manager, but the games have continued to attract a mass following in the UK and beyond. Sega Europe acquired Sports Interactive in 2006.

Miles Jacobson, studio director of Sports Interactive, told GameSpot that "we strive for perfection every year, and being perfectionists we know we're never going to hit it. That's why every year when we've got a new version coming out, rather than just doing two or three new features we try and get a hundred-plus new features in, even if some of them are quite small. We're trying to take the genre to a new level each year as well, and hopefully with things like match flow and board confidence we're taking another step up."

For more details about Football Manager 2008, see GameSpot's full interview with Miles Jacobson.

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15 comments
raven_killer
raven_killer

i just wish they could release it earlier than they do every year

PrinceTore
PrinceTore

".....we try and get a hundred-plus new features in, even if some of them are quite small." Going to be a great gaming experience! God, can't wait!

Seifer_Almasy_1
Seifer_Almasy_1

thats because football manager basically IS champ manager, champ manager is not the REAL champ manager, it just has the name

Alex_h_252
Alex_h_252

These games get better every year, Football Manager is quality, Championship Manager not even in comparison to this!

Jaybo666
Jaybo666

this one better be a big improvement

EBWCLIF
EBWCLIF

wish they'd make another NHL manager.

Freestyle_20
Freestyle_20

gd i was getttin worried there wasn't gonna be one few

DanC1989
DanC1989

What about a PS3 version?

gaa0c85
gaa0c85

i dont know if the US will enjoy these games but who knows

koHd
koHd

I hope they improve the 360 version and stop watering down the online mode so much.