2020 has been a year of complete uncertainty. The worldwide pandemic brought football to a complete halt in most places, and with that came huge implications for our beloved Football Manager.
But, after months of uncertainty, our friends at Sports Interactive finally confirmed the news we were all hoping for (and expecting). Football Manager 2021 is going ahead… albeit later than expected.
In a statement shared on the official Football Manager website in July, Mile Jacobson confirmed:
“Despite all the problems going on in the world, there will be new Football Manager games released later this year.”
So, here is absolutely everything we know about Football Manager 2021 so far. Including news on release date, new features, new consoles and more.
When will Football Manager 2021 be released?
We know from previous editions of the game, November is the month that Football Manager usually drops. And we usually get it at the end of the month.
Sports Interactive’s statement confirmed this year’s FM game ‘will be delivered a little later than originally planned’.
With that in mind, we can probably expect Football Manager 2021 to be released at the end of November or early December.
We will await an exact date with bated breath.
When will Football Manager 2021 beta be released?
So, we pretty much know that Football Manager 2021 will drop around the end of November, right? With that in mind we can also figure out a date we can expect to start playing the beta version.
Usually the beta version of Football Manager is released 2-3 weeks before the full game release. So, it looks like it’ll be the start of November that we get our hands on it.
Due to the fact that Sports Interactive are looking to drop huge new features in Football Manager 2021, it’s like they’ll want a slightly longer beta period to iron out any bugs before the big launch.
Can my Football Manager Beta save be transferred to the full game?
Yep. Absolutely nothing to worry about on that front. Football Manager beta saves have always been transferrable once the full game is released.
Will Football Manager 2021 be available on PS4 or Xbox One?
The question we’ve all been asking for years. And this year, we have exciting news for console gamers.
In their statement, Sports Interactive confirmed ‘games will be on more platforms and available on more stores than ever before’ this year.
Interesting. But we’re not finished there.
Let’s look at what platforms Football Manager 2020 is available on.
Football Manager 2020 is available on PC, Nintendo Switch and Google Stadia. The Touch version of the game is also available on iOS and Android.
And FM20 is also available on the Xbox Game Pass for PC.
So, if new consoles have been confirmed by SI, it’s completely feasible to assume that Football Manager 2020 could be available on Xbox One or PS4. Or, maybe even both.
How much will Football Manager 2021 cost?
Sports Interactive didn’t confirm a price in their statement, but the standard cost of the game is usually around £40. There’s also usually pre-order and loyalty discounts available too.
And if the complexity of the full game is little too daunting for you, the Touch version is always a cheaper alternative at around £20.
Football Manager 2021 new features
We know that SI stay tight-lipped about new features and like to leave us guessing right up until release.
Miles did however confirm the new games will “have exceptionally strong feature sets”, but not quite the ‘dream feature set’ he had originally had planned pre-pandemic.
We will have to wait for more news on this one.