First Football Manager 2011 details revealed
Sports Interactive yesterday announced 2011's version of their life-altering, habit-forming Football Manager series. The game's first screenshots are below, and I spoke to developer Sports Interactive's Studio Director Miles Jacobson – look out for the interview later on the site – who explained a few of the game's key features. Obviously, you'll be managing footballers under your charge, but there's a greater focus this year on reactivity: negotiations with players and agents are done quickfire over a virtual table, doing away with previous years' oddly slow back and forth on contract discussion.
The in-game news has been streamlined, keeping players abreast of a wider world view outside their own league, as super-detailed code behind the scenes calculates your possible positions in all your competitions with tiny calculators or something.
Miles also detailed a set of tweaks and additions designed to please the hardcore FM fan. Dynamic league reputation being one of the most readily explained: like the emergent Russian leagues, if teams begin to do well, players who wouldn't previously have touched clubs with a pole made of money will now consider a permanent move there. Now you can live your dream of bringing Danny Murphy to FC Metalurh Zaporizhya. If a Ukrainian team win the Champ's League, anyway.