SEGA and Sports Interactive have revealed the release date for Football Manager 2019, due November 2nd.
As you’d expect with every yearly iteration, the 2019 version offers updated player states based on the past season’s performances, but also includes brand new logos, and a host of new features. In a press release published today, Sports Interactive laid out their ambition to make Football Manager 2019 ‘even more comprehensive in its realism than ever before’. Players manage every facet of their chosen club from training to recruitment, as well as more in-depth control of match day tactics, player development, and public relations.
For the first time, Sports Interactive has secured the licence for top flight DFL German football, so players can manage their favorite teams from the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2. Beyond Germany, Football Manager 2019 offers access to 26 fully-licensed leagues, over 2,500 clubs, and 500,000 real world players/staff with carefully curated stats. Sports Interactive explains more licence announcements will be made in the run up to release.
One of the most striking parts of the announcement is the retirement of the iconic Manager Man who’s appeared on the box art of every version of the game dating back to 2005. Manager Man has become symbolic of the management sim, but SEGA are eager to inject the franchise with a fresh look that focuses on a ‘manager’s eye view of the pitch’.
Pre-orders come with a nifty 10% discount and access to a comprehensive beta two weeks before release. Unfortunately, time around SEGA is foregoing the immensely popular ‘Contract Extension Bonus’, which granted owners of the previous year’s version of the game a generous 25% off the retail price.
More details and the key features of Football Manager 2019 are set to be revealed at the tail end of September. Sports Interactive has been systematically good at including updated features so it will be interesting to see what the developer has up its sleeve this time around.
SEGA has also detailed that three platform-specific versions of Football Manager 2019 will releases simultaneously. These are Football Manager 2019 (for PC and Mac), Football Manager 2019 Touch (for PC, Mac, iOS and Android) and Football Manager 2019 Mobile (for iOS and Android).
Check out the reveal trailer below.