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Football Manager 2024 has been billed as “the last of its kind” by Sports Interactive's Miles Jacobson, but what is the release date, price and new features on the 20th game of the Football Manager series?
Find out everything you need to know about FM24 here in this detailed, regularly updated guide…
FM24 release date
Football Manager 2024 is released on 6 November 2023. Pre-orders began on 12 September and are ongoing.
The preorder started on September 12th, alongside a brief video trailer and some insight on features. Proper feature reveals are dropping between 18-24 September.
Football Manager 2024 will be priced at £44.99. However, if you pre-purchase, that is, buy it before release date on 6 November, you'll get 10% off on many of its platforms. That'll take the price to £40.49.
Football Manager 2024 Console will also be priced at £44.99, although you're less likely to find a 10% offer at the moment. Both games will be priced $59.99 in the USA.
What platforms is FM24 on?
FM24 will be available on these platforms: Steam, Microsoft Store, Game Pass (all PC), PS5, Xbox and Switch for Touch, Netflix, iOS and Android for Mobile.
PC users will be able to access the FM24 Beta version around two weeks before the official release.
The FM2024 Demo will be launched on 6 November, full release day.
Round-up of new features in FM24
A brief video trailer was released on 12 Septeber, followed by the full feature reveals at the start of October. Here's what we know:
- Move saved games over: The biggest and most long-requested feature to be included in FM24 is the ability to transfer saved games from previous versions of Football Manager onto the next. This means FM23 players can continue their career on FM24.
- Smarter transfers and finance: Managers can now overspend their transfer budgets. Should this happen, and you then fail to generate enough to cover the costs by the end of the window (or the next, depending on what you agree with the board), then the board can take matters into their own hands (that seems to be coded language for, ‘Taxi for…'!
- Managers will also get improved news items relating to key financial information, which will you players increased clarity on their club's income and budget.
- A new league: Japanese players are taking the world by a storm and now fans can pretend to be Brighton's scouting department and watch the J.League. And play in it, as well! Japanese language has also been added, a big step for the game. Sixty Japanese clubs in total, across three divisions, will be playable on FM24 with the official logos, kits and player photos.
- Intermediaries: If an agent isn't co-operating on a transfer – namely a player you want to sell – players can now hire an intermediary to help facilitate a sale. The intermediary will receive a commission. This is another step towards the real world of football transfers.
- Player Targets System: Managers can now try to inspire players to kick on by setting official targets around performance.
- Player Responses: The AI system behind player responses is improved, with 2,000 new responses, too. The idea behind this is to decrease the number of over-the-top reactions from players.
- Staff Meetings: These are now customisable to get the information you genuinely care about.
- Match Engine: A few things in this department. Improved positional play, the introduction of the inverted full-back player role and a few tweaks to other player roles to increase the fluidity of gameplay.
- Animation: The engine behind animation is better, FM say. Lighting, pitch textures and environments have all received enhancements. “Ball physics improvements” will mean you'll see players doing things they didn't before! So expect some nice dribbles and surprising finishing styles.
- Set Pieces: A major overhaul here. A set-piece coach can now be added to your backroom staff, the Set Piece Creator is refreshed with a new workflow and your coach will create smart routines to match your preferences. There is a new concept around this, too, called ‘Set Piece Familiarity' which reflects how much work you do with your players on each routine in training.
In the video below, Carl Anka, Manchester United writer for The Athletic, walks you through all the new features on FM24:
What are the Football Manager 2024 stadium graphics like?
Well, the key changes to FM stadium graphics in the new edition surrouned aesthetics. Sports Interactive say enhancements have been made in regards to the lighting, pitch textures and environments, all designed to make it look just that little bit more real.
How good is it? Well, take a look for yourself…
Will women's football be on Football Manager 2024?
Women's football is not on FM24. Plans to introduce the women's game to Football Manager have been in place since 2021, but it's taken a long time to introduce and won't be included until FM25. This is because of the need to build up the data around the game.