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Football Manager 2018 will be released on Friday, November 10, Sports Interactive has confirmed.

You can get your hands on the standard version of the game (available on PC, Mac and Linux) early, though, by pre-ordering from a SEGA-approved digital retailer, which will get you access to the Beta edition of the game at least two weeks before the official release date.

The progress you make on the Beta will then be transferable to the full game.

And for the first time ever, Football Manager Touch and Mobile will both be released on the same day as the computer game. Previously, they have come out a little later.

FM 18 will be slightly more expensive than FM 17 - the standard price has risen from £34.99 to £37.99.

However, fans who pre-order the game before Monday, October 9 and have FM 17 in their Steam library will get 25% off through either Steam or the SEGA Store.

To celebrate the confirmation of the FM 18 release date, Steam have put FM 17 on sale for just £7 (80% off), so if you're planning to buy FM 18 and don't have 17 it's worth taking up that offer for the 25% discount it'll get you later.

Football Manager Touch will be priced at £21.99.

We're still waiting to see how much FM Mobile will cost as it's the only version of the game you can't pre-order. Given the increase of a couple of pounds to the other editions, though, expect to be paying around the £10 mark.

New features will not be announced until late September, with FM Touch additions following in October.

The official Instagram account of Football Manager provided an update on the game in March, though, posting a picture of two actors lifting a trophy. More cut-scenes and animations, then, might be likely in the new game.

Fans have wished for a number of new features for years, now, with FM 17 incrementally improving upon 16, instead of revolutionising the game.

The headline-grabbing changes there saw the introduction of a new camera angle, magic spray and some eye-catching AI improvements.

FM 18, though, could take a number of steps forward; the introduction of women’s football would follow FIFA’s lead, while the match engine now appears slightly outdated, with the blocky 3D models hard to distinguish between, even when Barcelona are playing Stoke in a pre-season friendly.

Of course, FM also lags behind FIFA in licencing terms and, while the games are not truly comparable, the introduction of real kits and photographs of all players would add greatly to the immersion.

On transfer deadline day, the official Football Manager Twitter page gave an idea of some of the new transfer-related features that will be a part of FM 18.

For instance, fans will react differently on social media to loan signings compared to permanent signings, with the game aiming for "more contextual social posts".

Virtual managers will also be able to see a graphical representation of which clubs and leagues have spent the most money during the transfer window.

The base version of Football Manager 2018 will release on PC, Mac and Linux.

FM Touch, meanwhile, is also available on PC, Mac and Linux but can also be played on iOS and Android tablets that meet its specifications.

FM Mobile will be released on iOS and Android smartphones.

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On the whole idea of the 3D match engine looking "outdated". Am I the only one who doesn't really like the 3D match settings and prefers to stick to the 2D one anyway?

I would like them to, I dunno, emulate the MLS expansion maybe by having it pre-progammed that Miami will eventually enter the league or pulling some sides from the lower leagues into the MLS as expansion teams so it would expand as they're planning to.

I don't think they properly emulate the way certain groups of clubs are owned by the same groups (IIRC Stan Kronke is two people in the database for example).

And, I dunno, bring back Cherno Samba. 

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FIFA 97 was a fine game!

The real feature missing from FM is the ability to place bets,  offer bungs and parttake match fixing. Ultimate Soccer Manager had that boxed off years ago.

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