Every year a sales battle takes place between the Championship Manager and Football Manager series’ to decide the best football (soccer) manager simulator of the year. With the release of the next annual installments approaching could Football Manager 2011 take it one step further and become the greatest football manager simulation of all-time?
Developed by Sports Interactive and published by Sega, Football Manager began its life in 1992 as Championship Manager; however, following the break-up of their partnership with original publishers Eidos Interactive, Sports Interactive lost the naming rights and re-branded the game Football Manager with their new publishers Sega
Football Manager 2011 (FM2011) is rumoured to be released on 29th October 2010 with several key improvements including:
- Improved training options
- More complex module for searching new players
- Improved graphics and 3D view of the game
- Introduction of football agents to the game
- Playing games in evenings (so called night effect)
- Differentiated weather conditions
Contract Negotiations in Football Manager 2011 will take place on a new live contract negotiation system, with a host of new contract clauses. Alongside the addition of football agents, managers will be required to build relationships to secure signings. Interaction between staff and players will also be improved alongside the subscription service.
The match engine will be improved allowing night-time matches and over 100 new animations (players, stadiums and goal celebrations).
Training will also be improved thanks to a re-vamped training system allowing better match preparation (tactics/skills), individual focus and injury rehabilitation.
And finally the most exciting addition to FM2011 is that leagues will have a new dynamic reputation that will allow teams in that league to get stronger and perform better on a continental/international level. Consequently more players would want to play in ther stronger league.
Evidently a considerable large amount of time and money has been invested into the games development, which has already achieved success through the football markets over-excitement for the title over its competitor; Championship Manager.
The greatest football manager simulation of all-time? It’s certainly looking that way.