Football Manager 2016 will launch on PC and Mac on November 13, Sports Interactive has announced.
The new game will be joined before Christmas by Football Manager Touch (the re-branded Classic version) and Football Manager Mobile for iOS and Android.
"For some time now it's been clear to us that there is no 'one size fits all' football management experience," said Sports Interactive boss Miles Jacobson. "While a huge number of our fans have the time and dedication required to devote themselves to the 'full' simulation, there's an equally-large number who prefer a more streamlined option. Not only that, but the widespread availability of mobile devices means that people are playing in different ways. The introduction of Football Manager Touch as a standalone offering - playable across computer and tablet - means that we now offer something for everyone."
Football Manager 2016 promises to be the most realistic, in-depth and immersive football management simulation available, giving virtual managers the ability to take control of any squad from more than 50 countries across the world.
Pre-order FM16 from participating digital retailers and you'll be rewarded with a download key for 'An Alternative Reality: the Football Manager Documentary'. Pre-orders also include access to a fully-playable Beta version of the game, set to launch approximately two weeks prior to the November 13 release. As usual, Beta careers can be carried over to the final game.
Those who pre-order a boxed copy of FM16 from participating retailers, meanwhile, will receive a limited edition version of Football Manager 2016 which will include 'An Alternative Reality: the Football Manager Documentary'.
Football Manger 2016 Key Features
New Game Mode - Create-A-Club
For the first time, Football Manager 2016 allows fans to add their own custom-built club to any league they choose, through the single player 'Create-a-club' mode. Create-A-Club allows you to name the club, add yourself and a friend to the line-up, edit the squad to your heart's content and even choose the colours.
New Game Mode - Fantasy Draft
Create your dream team and take on your mates in 'Fantasy Draft' mode. Starting with a fixed budget, each manager builds a squad from scratch, competing with other managers to sign the best talent before going head-to-head against one another in a mini-league.
Manager on the Touchline
Get closer to the action than ever before with your own customisable character to bark out instructions and join the celebrations from the touchline.
Improved Matchday Experience
More than 2,000 new animations, alongside lots of other graphical improvements and improved AI, make the Football Manager 2016 match view the best ever.
Multi match highlights
A highlights package available to easily view other fixtures after each round in your own competition (or others) to keep you up-to-date with everything that's going on in the world around you.
Prozone Match Analysis
Sports Interactive's partnership with the leading sports statistics provider, Prozone, has seen a wide-reaching revamp of the in-game match analysis tool, adding lots of useful functionality whilst also making it a lot more prominent and easier to use.
Football Manager 2016's powerful, yet easy-to-use set piece creator allows managers to set up multiple set piece routines to be used across multiple tactics; with different set pieces for each set piece taker, new zonal marking options and much, much more.
More Realistic Injuries
Sports Interactive has worked alongside a number of physiotherapists, doctors and related organisations to ensure that the depiction and treatment of injuries in Football Manager 2016 is more realistic than ever before. This doesn't mean that fewer injuries will be sustained, but that those which do occur will be treated and develop more realistically. Injuries will now be determined during matches, while new injury types have been added and there is now a tangible distinction between player condition and match sharpness.
Expanded Press Interaction
Press conferences are more varied than ever before, with many new conversations to be had with the press, especially more contextual questions & responses. In addition, unemployed managers can now use media interviews to help get them back into the game.
Stats, Stats, Stats
Managers now have access to more detailed statistical information than ever before, with the introduction of a revamped stats screen and an all-new rolling stats panel.
New and Improved Screens
Information is now easier to find as a result of a revamp to many of the main screens, including player overview, tactics, the manager's home screen and the transfer offer screen.
And Much, Much More
Further additions and updates include staff shortlisting, improved manager and staff movement, revised board requests, a revamp of board confidence, more contextual team talks, fully updated competition rules & squad information, an improved financial module, improved AI transfers and team selection, new social media features and many more.
Football Manager Touch will be offered as a game mode in Football Manager 2016, and will also be available as a standalone PC and high-end iOS and Android Tablet edition. Further details of Touch and Mobile games can be found here.
Source: SEGA / Sports Interactive