Football Manager 2019 will feature VAR, developer Sports Interactive has confirmed.
And just like in real life, you’ll see the ref sprint to a screen to make the decision or communicate to the VAR via an earpiece.
This, coupled with goal-line technology, will ensure this year’s game feels more authentic than ever.
But here’s where it gets even more cool.
In post-match press conferences, you’ll be asked about any VAR-related incidents – which can lead to controversial match reports.
“Expect these technologies to create as much debate in your save game as they have in done in the real world of football,” Sports Interactive said.
EA Sports will not be bringing the controversial VAR to FIFA 19 – but hasn’t ruled it out for future games.
Speaking to Eurogamer, creative director Matt Prior said the game already knows ‘the pinpoint location of everything’, making a VAR system redundant.
Thanks to the way the game is coded, you’ll never be able to score an offside goal or be awarded a penalty for a foul outside of the box, for example.
“We technically have VAR in the game because we know the pinpoint location of everything,” Prior told Eurogamer.
However, Prior didn’t rule out the possibility of VAR coming to the series in the future – should the technology become an essential fabric to the game.
“There’s still a learning process of how ultimately it levels out to how it’s used,” he said.
“There’s a grey area. But it’s definitely something we’ll monitor. If it becomes part of the footballing fabric to the point where it feels weird that it isn’t in a regular game, even if we don’t need it, then it’s something we can look at introducing.
“If there is that anticipation moment in real football that becomes a thing – and if we wanted to create that in our game because of authenticity… if it didn’t happen in our game and it’s happening all the time in the real game, arguably you could say we’re missing a part of the football fabric.”
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