Hello everyone, and welcome to the first Football Manager 2010 new features blog.
For those of you who are unaware of the Football Manager series, Sports Interactive, and myself, here’s a little bit of history.
Sports Interactive are a UK games development studio that have been releasing football management games since 1992. We started working on the Football Manager series with SEGA in 2004, and have released 5 games in the series so far (FM2010 will be our 6th in the series) selling over 5 million copies worldwide so far.
I should also introduce myself. My name is Miles Jacobson, and I’m Studio Director at Sports Interactive. I manage the team here (there are 60 of us full time working on the game, with over 50 head researchers) and try and make sure all the bits fit together. Basically, if something is good, it’s because we’ve got a great team here. If something is bad, blame me!
The premise of our games is to give you the chance to manage a football team, and do the things that a real life manager does, whether it be transfers, tactics, interacting with the players, sorting out training, press conferences, team talks, not going over budget, and, ultimately, winning the league. We all think that we can do better than our favourite club’s real life manager – well, we give you the chance to find out! There are over 5,000 teams to play as from over 50 countries leagues so the choice and scope is huge.
One of the key parts of any football management game is the database, and ours is the largest in football, with over 390,000 players and staff from around the world independently rated in hundreds of different categories by people in local countries (we currently have more than 1,000 scouts around the world). We strive to model the whole football world as accurately as possible, and know that quite a few clubs around the world use our database, including Everton who officially use it as part of their scouting network.
Our database is well known for finding great young players before anyone outside their own club has heard of them, giving people who play our games a big advantage in showing off their football knowledge, as our game has spotted the likes of Messi, Ronaldo, Vela, Tevez, Terry and Lampard well before they were names on the back pages of every newspaper.
Each year we release a new version of the game to celebrate the new season, and each year we strive for greater realism. We actually made an initial announcement about the new game a couple of weeks ago. What I’ll be doing in my blogs is telling you all about the new features for Football Manager 2010 so you’re all ready for when the game comes out at the end of October.