Publisher Sega and developer Sports Interactive have announced that popular football sim Football Manager 2012 will be released in time for Christmas.
As Sega and co are keen to point out, the Football Manager series has now sold over seven million copies worldwide, and has spent 108 weeks at number one in the UK PC charts to date. Retailers could do worse than guess the new version might sell a few copies as well.
FM 2012 is set to have over 800 new features - this is on top of any rule changes in the game's 50-plus leagues.
A few of them include: improved transfers and contracts, such as loyalty bonuses; scouting improvements with new in-game report; 3D match improvements - with new animations and crowd system; the ability to add or take away playable nations in your save game; tone - it's now possible to vary the tone of team talks; a new adaptive layout, which changes based on your screen resolution.
Lastly, there's even a new tutorial - just in case there are any football fans left who haven't played the game yet.
Expect to see a lot more info released in the run up to the end of the year.
“We’re delighted to finally be able to start talking about Football Manager 2012” said Miles Jacobson, studio director at Sports Interactive. “It’s another year of evolution, with some revolution thrown in for good measure so we’re pretty sure our dedicated communities, and hopefully lots of new people too, get to play and enjoy the game when it’s released later in the year.”