Sports Interactive have just announced (September 7th) Football Manager 2016. The announcement arrived a month earlier compared to last year (early October), but the pre-order has been significantly delayed this time (started late July for FM15). They had revealed a couple of new features during the previous months though (Manager Motion Capture and Dynamic Rivalries).
Miles Jacobson insisted that their target for new releases remains the same and it's about having at least a thousand new features in the game every year. So what news exactly does the FM 2016 announce have for us? First off, FM16 will be released in November. What about the key new features though? Read on to find out.
Football Manager 2016 key features
New Game Mode – Create-A-Club
Replace an existing team with one of your own. Choose a name, colours & add yourself with Create-a-Club mode
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
Go head-to-head with mates in Fantasy Draft mode
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.
A little secret regarding Fantasy Draft mode - it's for up to 32 players.
Manager on the Touchline
Customise your own touchline manager character & see them and other managers 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
Match engine - 2000+ new animations, deeper set-piece control, improved AI & brand-new highlights package
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 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
Deeper match analysis, player & team stats with Prozone integration
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 – all of which combine to make Football Manager 2016 the most complete and immersive simulation of football management ever.
Big changes and improvements to transfer, contract, player & contract screens (and many more)
FM16 TOUCH: Cross-play between desktop & tablet
EXTRAS: Upgrades to board requests, finances, press conferences & more