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Nav
12-02-2004, 16:58:54
Well it's confirmed, Sports Interactive, creator of the worlds best footy management sim have signed a 5 year deal with SEGA to publish their future games.

What was once known as Championship Manager will now take the name of the original football management sim, 'Football Manager' (as I predicted!). The next game, Football Manager 2005 will be released Q4 this year.

King_Ghidra
12-02-2004, 17:19:04
i can never work out if sega are bigger than ever or a shadow of their former self

Nav
12-02-2004, 17:26:40
well I think this is a major deal for them, that is in terms of moving away from consoles and properly into game publishing.

The SI website is completely swamped so here's some information on the upcoming game I swiped off a press site.

Football Manager 2005
Title: Football Manager 2005
Platform: PC
Genre: Sport Management
Street Date: Q4 2004
RRP: TBC
Ages: All
Target: TBC

Players: 1 (16 LAN)
Barcode: TBC
SKU No: TBC

Key Features
Updated user interface
Football Manager's user interface will look markedly different to anything that has come before. Navigation between screens will be easier, with each screen explaining what information is on offer and how to get to other, related information. Consistency between separate game elements will also be more noticeable than in previous football management games: operations such as player filtering and sorting will now work consistently throughout the game. The game's look which now includes a two-panel option will also be easily customised, allowing managers to store their preferred views and to return quickly to them.

Refined game engine
Sports Interactive's long-standing and award-winning game engine has been refined and tuned in accordance with the feedback received from fans of its previous games. For example, Football Manager 2005 incorporates more than 30 extra fields for player data, including the all-new new 'preferred moves'.

Updated database and competition rules
As has always been the case with Sports Interactive's management simulations, Football Manager 2005's database and competition simulation will be as up-to-date and accurate as is humanly possible.

Pre- and post-match information
Managers will be presented with enhanced information before and after each match, to show team line-ups, injuries and tactics before the match, and lots of stats about the match afterwards.

International player news
Managers will receive information on international performances, allowing them follow their players' careers and ascertain how they are performing at the highest level.

Cup summary news
Events which unfold in each round of all of the major cup competitions will be delivered to the manager in a news summary.

2D clips from agents
Managers are likely to receive 'video clips' (executed using the game's acclaimed 2D match engine) of a player's performances, sent to them by that player's agent with view to a possible transfer.

Coach reports on squads
In addition to commenting on individual players, coaches will now offer their opinions on the squad as a whole, thus helping managers to decide which areas of their team need improvement.

Job centre for non-playing positions
Non-playing jobs will be advertised through an in-game 'Job Centre', improving the manager's ability to hire coaches and other staff.

Mutual contract termination
Managers will be able to offer surplus players an opportunity to agree mutual contract termination, which will reduce the cost of releasing players and trimming squads.

Enhanced player loan options
Managers can now approach other clubs to offer young players on loan, a process which will make it easier to give younger players competitive experience. Also, when players' loan periods expire, the manager will have an opportunity to extend the loan (where appropriate).

Manager 'mind games'
Managers can click on any other manager's name and issue a comment to the media relating to that person. The effects of these comments will see an increase in the amount of pressure surrounding title races, relegation battles, Cup ties and so on. It will also be possible to use this feature in relation to your own players, other clubs, media pundits etc.

Further Features


Playable leagues in 43 countries.


More than 140 playable senior divisions and in excess of 100 playable cup competitions.


Reserve and junior league competitions.


More than 235,000 players and staff (from 145 different countries) with players boasting more than 120 separate attributes and non-playing staff boasting 40.


A database of more than 14,000 clubs, 3,000 of which can be managed.


Data supplied by a network of more than 2,500 researchers from around the world.


Updated 2D 'top-down' match engine.


Improved 'radio commentary'.


Increased interaction with the media.


Reworked injury system.


Improved scouting system.


Improved finance module to reflect the changing face of football.


Comments when negotiating with human managers (network multi-player game only).


Inclusion of U18 Caps.


More realistic awards system.

Venom
12-02-2004, 17:54:08
Originally posted by King_Ghidra
i can never work out if sega are bigger than ever or a shadow of their former self

That's because it's a bit of both. They're a better software publisher than ever (IMHO) but overall as a company their prestige is way down thanks to their failed hardware ventures.

fp@korea
12-02-2004, 23:57:11
I really like the sound of the new game.

It's certainly a big step up from "Football Manager 1987", that's for sure. ;)

fp@korea
13-02-2004, 00:28:38
Some pics from the SI site here - scroll down to the bottom of the page. Very sparse at the moment. Will probably change a lot before release, but it's interesting to see what the plans are now.

http://web.sigames.com/softography.php?type=view&id=16

fp@korea
13-02-2004, 00:31:26
Actually those screenshots look really cack. They're obviously version0.004 of the finished screens - I'm surprised they even posted them.

Nav
13-02-2004, 00:59:45
err, apart from the first one they look quite good to me, way better than the default style in the current CM.

fp@korea
13-02-2004, 01:16:09
C'est la vie.

It sounds like the look and layout will be decently customisable anyway, so I don't think it makes too much difference what the default style is.

Sean
15-02-2004, 11:33:01
PUT THE BACK BUTTON ALONG THE BOTTOM AGAIN! USE THE EDGES OF THE SCREEN!

Looks like it’s still 01/02 for me.

fp@korea
16-02-2004, 01:04:47
I'd love them to implement mouse gestures for navigating the menus. Opera has spoiled me for any other method. Buttons are so passe. ;)

Sean
16-02-2004, 07:23:25
You mean you don’t just middle-click everything?

fp@korea
16-02-2004, 07:42:28
Not with a two button mouse I don't.