FOOTBALL MANAGER 2023 – EARLY ACCESS BETA AVAILABLE NOW

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It’s time for managers across the world to start creating the future, with the Football Manager 2023 Early Access Beta now live on Steam and the Epic Games Store*. Early Access on the Microsoft Store is expected to follow in the coming days.

Anyone who has pre-purchased FM23 from a SEGA-approved digital retailer** can log-in to Steam or Epic and launch the game directly from their library, right now. If you’ve not already pre-purchased, it’s not too late to get involved – anyone who pre-purchases FM23 on PC and Mac from a participating digital retailer between now and the game’s full release on November 8th will net Early Access and 20% off.

The Early Access Beta is a near complete (but not quite final) version of the game, so players may encounter some bugs and issues during play. These can be reported directly to the Sports Interactive team via the ‘Report Bug’ button on the in-game sidebar. Online play is also enabled, but there will be no access to the Steam Workshop or either the pre-game or in-game editors until the game’s full release on November 8th.

FM23 provides new, intelligent ways for managers to make their mark and take their teams to higher levels this season. 

Managers will see their skills pushed to the limit by the most realistic AI managers yet, with an overhaul of their decision-making making them more intelligent, responsive and reflective of their real-life counterparts.

New player animations and role improvements combine to deliver the most authentic on-pitch action in series’ history, backed up by tweaks to tactical instructions that mirror the terminology used in contemporary football.

The new Squad Planner and Experience Matrix are at the heart of a Recruitment revamp that gives players more tools to make title-winning scouting and transfer decisions in every window.

The importance of fans to the modern game is reflected in the new Supporter Confidence system, which shows a breakdown of every club’s fanbase and the short, medium and long-term expectations of those supporters. Keeping both fans and the board happy will be essential to ensuring a bright future in the digital dugout.

Licensing of the UEFA Club Competitions for the first time gives managers a greater sense of occasion, while those successes will now be more shareable thanks to the introduction of the Dynamic Manager Timeline. 

Single-player careers started on the FM23 Early Access Beta can be carried across to the full game.

For more information on FM23 and its features head over to www.footballmanager.com.

*Early Access may go live at different times on different platforms

**Early Access is available from SEGA-approved digital retailers only; please check here for an exhaustive list of digital retailers and more details as to what constitutes a SEGA-approved retailer.

About Sports Interactive™ Ltd.:

Sports Interactive (SI) is the world’s leading developer of sports management simulations. Founded in 1994, SI became a wholly owned subsidiary of SEGA in 2006. Based in Stratford, East London, the SI team includes more than 270 full-time staff members, supported by a network of roughly 1,000 part-time researchers across the globe. SI is an official partner of many major football leagues and organisations, including UEFA, the Bundesliga, LFP, the EFL and the League Managers Association, as well as numerous charities and not for profit organisations. Further information on the studio and its work can be found at www.sigames.com.

About Football Manager™:

Football Manager (FM) is the world’s leading football management simulation title. With more than 50 countries to manage in and a database of over 800,000 players and staff it offers an incredibly detailed and immersive experience. In FM you make all of the key decisions, from signing (and selling) players through training, team selection and tactics as you take your team to the top of the footballing world while carving out your own philosophy and strengthening your club’s identity. FM has grown to become more than just a game and has embedded itself in the football industry; the FM database is used by several clubs to help shape their recruitment strategies and thousands of professional footballers and backroom staff members are committed fans of the game. FM has become an integral part of modern fan culture; the game has not only enhanced the collective footballing knowledge of its players but has been the inspiration for several books, a stand-up comedy show and even a feature length documentary. For more information on Football Manager, visit www.footballmanager.com.

About SEGA Europe Limited:

SEGA Europe Limited is the European Distribution arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA CORPORATION, and a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home. The company develops and distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe. SEGA wholly owns the video game development studios Two Point Studios, Creative Assembly, Relic Entertainment, Amplitude Studios, Sports Interactive and HARDlight. SEGA Europe’s website is located at www.sega.co.uk

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