With this revamp, there are some new interactions and improvements to the existing interactions. So, whilst some of the interactions you see will be familiar, there are others which you won’t have seen before, and some that have been tailored specifically to the new systems. And there are also significant improvements to the AI and the way the characters in game react to the interactions – not just you as a manager and the journalists you’ll interact with, but the board too, who offer feedback via your press officer – all of which sets things up nicely for future versions of the game and expansions in the future.
There are plenty of visual improvements to the match action as well. We’ve redesigned the match UI and introduced a modern broadcast feel to the pre- and post-match cutscenes and transitions. The animation engine has been significantly enhanced ensuring that players move more smoothly and the overall look of the match has been given a lift with improved lighting, new pitchside elements and more stadium pieces just some of the improvements in this area.
A few days after that final game of the season, you’ll be transported into a brand-new environment. Taking you out of your inbox and into a full season review where you’ll browse through the highs and lows of the campaign. You’ll go on this journey through the review no matter how successful your season has been, it’s not just for the lucky few that lifted trophies. Here, not only will you get to revisit games but you’ll see your year in snapshot – reviewing your best XI, transfer business and significant results.
Football Manager 2021 is scheduled to release on November 24, via Steam and the Epic Games Store.
Fans who pre-order FM21 from a participating digital retailer will receive a 10% discount and access to the pre-release Early Access version of the game, which should be available approximately two weeks before full release.
As in previous years, those who buy the game through Steam (and now Epic Games) will also receive Football Manager 2021 Touch (PC/Mac) for free.
Also of note, the Football Manager 2021 Xbox Edition was also announced and scheduled to arrive in December. It will be a Play Anywhere digital title, meaning it’s yours to play on both Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, and is available from the Xbox store. FM21 Xbox will also be available on the new Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, with the number of playable leagues differing based on the Xbox device you are playing on.