Football Manager 2018 is nearly here, with Sport Interactive’s latest release set to drop for November 10.
The new game promises improvements in scouting, stadium design, sports scientists and game engine.
But one of the most interesting new features coming to this year’s edition is team ‘dynamics‘.
Football Manager 2018: Team Dynamics
Dynamics is essentially the happiness and harmony of your squad and focuses on three key areas: Team Cohesion, Dressing Room Atmosphere, and Managerial Support.
Team cohesion controls how well-drilled your players are together on the pitch, with a higher rating improving players performance and overall teamwork.
Dressing room atmosphere reflects the overall mood among the players, with the general feeling around the dressing room ultimately reflecting the players individual morale.
This couples with how well your current squad will integrate with new signings; so bring in the right character and they’ll fit in with the rest of the team, but bring in someone a bit fiery… and you might begin to see some problems.
Managerial support tells you how happy the playing staff are with you, which is affected by how long you’ve been at the club, your worldwide reputation and how you interact with your players.
For more in-depth information, check out this snazzy explainer video Football Manager released:
One of the most interesting aspects of dynamics is the squad hierarchy, which is displayed as a pyramid with ‘team leaders’ at the top (captains, big personalities and players who’ve been at the club for a while), with youngsters, new signings and fringe players lower down.
As with real-life, each layer reflects a level of influence in the dressing room – so rub the leaders ’round the wrong way and you could be out.
Remember when Andre Villas-Boas was at Chelsea and clashed with the likes of John Terry, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba?
Bit like that.
Next up there’s the social group segment, which indicates which players get on well and which ones are just settling in or failing to gel with the rest of the squad.
Don’t we all love cliques at work?
You might find that there’s a core social group of players that have been there a long time and a secondary group starting to form with new signings and players of the same nationality.
Overall, it looks like Football Manager 2018 promises the biggest overhaul of the game for years.
Keep the updates coming, we say.