It’s time to say goodbye to your social life, with Football Manager 2018 dropping into our lives on Friday 10 November.
Sports Interactive’s new game promises to be one of the most vastly overhauled editions of the series for a while, with tweaks and changes made to the scouting system, tactics screen and game engine.
There’s also some pretty interesting new features in store, including Dynamics – which looks at the relationships within a squad and the social groups that form or fall apart.
Personally, we’re looking forward to dealing with some Neyamr/Edison Cavani-style bust-ups of our own.
Football Manager 2018: Football Intelligence
In the final video of their ‘FMTV’ series, the folks over at Football Manager have revealed the wholesale changes made to the game’s transfer market and the AI intelligence behind buying and selling players.
As we all know, the summer transfer window was pretty ridiculous.
Neymar went to Paris Saint-Germain for £197m, while clubs in the Premier League splashed out on the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Alexandre Lacazette, Alvaro Morata and Mohamed Salah.
With all of that silly money being thrown about, Football Manager 2018 looks set to follow the trend.
You’ll be expected to pay more for players in the new game, while an inclusion of new clauses for transfers, contracts and loans will set the tone for the volatile transfer market we know and love.
There’s seemingly a number of subtle but realistic improvements to clauses, including the option to set an expiration date for a Minimum Fee Clause and fine-tuning the number of instalments you can pay transfer fees.
Loan deals have also been improved, which makes sense considering Kylian Mbappe’s move to PSG.
It’s now possible to add an option to loan a player until the next transfer window, with extra details including bonuses for achievements in the league or cup included.
But by-far the most exciting improvements have been made to AI transfers.
In FM18, AI managers will now look to sign players based on their form, instead of overall potential, ability or stature.
So, players that had an unexpectedly good season could earn a big money transfer to one of the big clubs.
Remember Rickie Lambert?