Publisher Sega and developer Sports Interactive have revealed that Football Manager 2020 will be released in “early November 2019,” and that it will be available on Google Stadia for the first time.
Sports Interactive is currently remaining tight-lipped regarding new features that will be added to the next version of the football management sim: “The first details of which will be revealed in mid-September through the Football Manager website and via the official FM social media channels.”
But the company said: “Football Manager 2020 is the follow up to the record-breaking Football Manager 2019, which is the fastest-selling, best-selling, and most played version of the series to date across all of its release platforms. Nine months after its release, more than 60% of the people who have bought the PC/Mac game in its lifetime are still playing it each month. This year also marks the first time in the long-running series’ history that Football Manager will be available as a launch title on a new platform, as Football Manager 2020 is set to make its debut on Google’s Stadia and will be the fastest way to experience Football Manager.”
Miles Jacobson, Sports Interactive’s Studio Director, said: “Football Manager on Stadia includes technology that is only available on that platform, utilising the power of the cloud and Google’s data centres to ensure that more matches can be processed in parallel utilising spare bandwidth across the whole system – this means you can have more leagues loaded into your save or just go for a faster experience by keeping the number of leagues the same, but having the matches process quicker than you can on any other platform.”
Sports Interactive did reveal some pre-order information, however: “From today until launch, fans who pre-purchase Football Manager 2020 (for PC and Mac), from a SEGA approved digital retailer (or pre-order from a participating physical retailer) will receive a 10% discount. Additionally, those who pre-purchase through a SEGA approved digital retailer will be able to get their managerial careers underway early through a fully-playable Beta version, which will be available roughly two weeks prior to the official street date (single player careers started in the Beta can be carried across to the full game). The pre-release Beta will not be available on Stadia.”
Football Manager 2020 will be released in early November (Sports Interactive said: “Exact date TBC”) on PC, Mac, and Stadia, simultaneously with Football Manager 2020 Touch, on PC, Mac, iOS and Android, along with Football Manager 2020 Mobile on iOS and Android. Football Manager 2020 Touch for Switch will be released in late November. For more Football Manager 2020-related information, visit the game’s website.