There’s nothing like pulling the cellophane off the latest Football Manager game, powering up the laptop and sinking into your favourite chair for the next six months. Whether you try and take on the world with Manchester City or attempt to get Curzon Ashton into the Football League, there’s a near endless sea of choice, tactics and despair in Football Manager.
As well as the full desktop and laptop experience, Football Manager has successfully ported into Football Manager Touch and Football Manager Mobile – simpler yet no less time-consuming mobile versions of the series. These will surely make a return in 2018 as FM Touch 2018 and FM Mobile 2018.
When is Football Manager 2018 coming out?
Football Manager 2018 is coming out tomorrow, 10 November, and unlike last year, the Football Manager Touch and Football Manager Mobile variants will release on the same day.
What platforms will Football Manager 2018 be on?
As mentioned, Football Manager will return in full force on PC, Mac and Linux in both physical formats as well as downloadable from Steam.
FM Touch, as the name suggests, is great for more casual iOS or Android tablet players with a slightly simplified transfers and tactics approach, eschewing the granularity of the full-on experience. It will also be available for PC, Mac and Linux however.
Finally, FM Mobile will return in 2018 on iPhone and Android.
How much will Football Manager 2018 cost?
The full version of Football Manager 2018 costs £37.99 in the UK for PC, Mac, Linux and downloaded via Steam. It’s a small price to pay for the thousands of hours you’ll spend getting AFC Wimbledon to play an effective 2-4-3-1.
You can pre-order the game now through one of Sega’s approved retailers (including Steam and Amazon), and if you do so you’ll be able to start pre-season at least two weeks prior to the official street date through a fully-playable beta version – and the good news is that single player careers started in the beta can be continued in the full game.
Football Manager Touch 2018 will cost £21.99, a slight increase from last year’s £19.99 price, and will also offer a two-week early beta for players who pre-purchase through one of Sega’s approved retailers.
We hope to see Football Manager Mobile retain its flat rate of £6.99 for iOS and Android – although annoyingly this still included in-app purchases for FM 2017.
What’s new in Football Manager 2018?
Right now, we don’t know. Publisher Sega hasn’t confirmed any new features for the upcoming set of games, so we don’t know what will have changed from 2017 beyond kits and squad lineups.
Yet thanks to an awkwardly staged promo video posted recently (see it at the top of the page), we can expect better player AI, better motion capture animation, and more. Players should also expect scouting to be overhauled with more of a concentration of data analytics.
Transfers should be improved too along with fantasy draft with more support for big decisions from your digital backroom staff. Improved stadium design will help support the new graphics engine, and the video teases ‘dynamics’ as a big update – what that means is TBC.