Football Manager 2020 will hit shelves and be available to download this autumn as Sports Interactive roll out the latest instalment of their popular simulation game.
The previous edition - Football Manager 2019 - sold over a million copies and fans of the series will be eagerly anticipating the new release.
With more announcements expected in the coming months, Goal takes a look at Football Manager 2020, including release dates, how much it will cost and more.
- Football Manager 2020 release date
- Football Manager 2020 devices & platforms
- How much will Football Manager 2020 cost?
- What new features will Football Manager 2020 have?
The release date for Football Manager 2020 is set to be either November 1 or November 8, although it has not yet been confirmed.
Past Football Manager games have typically released in the first or second week of November, and usually on Fridays, with official announcements planned for August and September.
It is possible that Sports Interactive will make the game available to download on Steam a day early, as they did with Football Manager 2019.
From August 27 until the launch date, fans who pre-purchase Football Manager 2020 (for PC and Mac) will receive a 10 per cent discount.
Additionally, those who pre-purchase the game will be able to get their managerial careers underway early through a fully-playable Beta version, which is set to be available roughly two weeks before the official release date.
You can view the first trailer for the new game below, which was released on August 27.
Football Manager 2020 will be available to play on PC, Mac and Google Stadia.
Football Manager 2020 Touch and Football Manager 2020 Mobile will also be available to play on devices such as the Nintendo Switch, tablets and mobile phones.
Football Manager 2020 (for PC, Mac and Stadia), Football Manager 2020 Touch (for PC, Mac, iOS and Android) and Football Manager 2020 Mobile (for iOS and Android) will all be released simultaneously in early November.
The release for Football Manager 2020 Touch for Nintendo Switch will follow in late November.
Football Manager's developers confirmed in June that the game would be one of Google Stadia's launch titles along with the likes of Final Fantasy XV and Assassin's Creed Odyssey.
We're delighted that Football Manager 2020 is going to be a @GoogleStadia launch title 🎮— Football Manager (@FootballManager) June 6, 2019
We're not ready to reveal further details on the #Stadia or Steam release but keep an eye on https://t.co/fgSVoTm6jy and FM socials for updates in Aug and Sept. https://t.co/oE7IEfPVaA
That means it will be playable via Chromecast and a variety of devices which support Google Chrome, including computers, mobile phones, smart televisions and tablets.
Sports Interactive boss Miles Jacobson confirmed in June that there were "no current plans" to release Football Manager on Xbox One or PlayStation 4.
The price of Football Manager 2020 is likely to be £37.99 in the UK and $49.99 in the US at launch - the same cost as Football Manager 2019 and Football Manager 2018.
Although the price has not yet been confirmed, it is not expected to vary much from previous editions even if it does rise.
Two years ago Football Manager 2018 had seen an increase of £3, with Football Manager 2017 retailing at £34.99.
To put the price into perspective, the standard edition of FIFA 19 cost £59.99 ($59.99), while the standard Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 game initially cost £49.99 ($59.99).
For now, we will have to wait and see.
Football Manager Touch and Football Manager Mobile will be cheaper than the full game.
Football Manager 2020 will include new features and improvements, with Sports Interactive revealing some of them in September.
Last year, Football Manager 2019 saw what developers described as "the biggest overhaul" in the game's training section, while VAR and goal-line technology were introduced.
As well as that, the game featured official Bundesliga club names and badges after an agreement was reached with the German league, while female coaches were also included.
But what is new in FIFA 2020?
New development centre
With the new development centre in Football Manager 2020 you can keep a closer eye on your young talents and become better equipped to help them reach their potential.
Not only will the feature give an overview of the youth teams, you will also be able to keep track of how young players are faring while on loan - that is, who is thriving and who needs to be recalled.
As well as that, the yearly youth intake will now be previewed so you can assess the outlook and identify the players with high potential.
FM20 sees the introduction of 'Club Vision' which is essentially an expansion on the old boardroom, where objectives and philosophies were laid out.
Instead of seasonal targets, Club Vision will allow you and the club to chart a long-term course into the future, with five-year plans in addition to season-by-season goals.
One of the consistent complaints FM fans have is the graphics of the game engine, but improvements are assured in FM 20.
The game's developers have endeavoured to make their human models - players and managers - more realistic by redesigning their appearances.That means greater detail in their body composition and clothing.
As well as the individuals, the game will also see a much more realistic match experience, with better lighting and discernible differences in weather conditions.
Playing Time Pathway
In tandem with the development centre and other aspects of the game, the new playing time pathway feature allows managers to incorporate pathway expectations into contract negotiations.
FM 20 has tried to mirror the diversity and importance of backroom staff roles that has occurred in the real world.
As well as introducing a Head of Player Development role, your staff will be on hand to provide you with more in-depth advice on a variety of topics.
Will women's football be included in FM20?
Unfortunately, it doesn't seem likely that women's football will be included in FM20, with Jacobson indicating on a number of occasions in recent years that it is not yet "financially viable".
What that means in practice is not exactly clear, but it suggests that a lot of work would be necessary in order to fully implement.
In a 2018 interview with PCGamesN, Jacobson said: "We’d need to put lot of work into the match engine, particularly graphically, and we’d need to redo thousands of animations via motion capture due to the differences in body shapes, plus a lot more besides."