Football Manager Live UpdateWritten by Simon Barker on June 22, 2008 · Filed under Games
I recently wrote a Football Manager Live preview which outlined some of the features of the game and included a couple of videos showing what the current beta version looks and plays like.
More information is now starting to come out in the recent New Game Features#1: The Skills to pay the Bills news update about this massively multiplayer online (MMO) version of Football Manager, this includes some detailed information about how you start the game and what skills and reputation you have….or more accurately it confirms that you lack those at the start of the game and must work your way up from scratch, just as you would in real life!
One of the most intriguing new additions to the football management experience introduced by Football Manager Live is the skills system.
In the traditional offline FM games, users would take over at the helm of an existing team, and be able to bring in staff to perform certain jobs like scouting and coaching. In Football Manager Live, you create your own club, and you are ALL the staff.
To reflect the fact that you’re starting from scratch with no reputation or history, it makes sense that to begin with you don’t know every player in the world and how good they are- this is unlockable knowledge that you have to earn.
You can see Miles Jacobson of Sports Interactive speaking about the game in the videos below. He likens the game to a fantasy football style of game system, ie. you get so much money, but could only buy one or two really good players – this sounds good to me, so everyone will be starting on a level playing field and how success you end up being, will be more to do with how you play rather than initial reputations or having huge sums of money.
Zath Rovers will be starting out when Football Manager Live is released in Summer – which I presume will mean it should hopefully be with us by August/September 2008….although I’m personally starting to think it will be released later than that given we’ve not really even got any pre-orders at the online stores yet – I did find it listed on a New Zealand site called Gameplanet with the estimated release date shown as 31st October 2008.
In the meantime, you can keep up to date by checking out the official Football Manager Live website and also the following blogs which are following the development of the game and in most cases are also playing the game in it’s beta form.
For more discussion and information on Football Manager Live from the developers and people playing on the beta of the game, I’d suggest it’s worth taking a look at the Football Manager Live forums.
A Beta Invite for Zath?
Apparently existing members of the beta may be able to invite up to 5 other people to join in the beta, if this happens and anyone has a spare invite, please could you contact me about sending me an invite as I would really love to take a look at this game if at all possible, cheers!
What do you think to the upcoming FML game? Will you be there on release day eager to play it? Are you going to be getting your Football Manager Live pre-order placed once it’s listed at the big online stores?