Football Manager 2020 is the next game in the esteemed franchise of football management simulators, and it’s come a long way since it kicked off in 2005 (and since Championship Manager before then). It’s consistently one of the top played games on Steam and with the news that Football Manager 2020 will be coming to Google Stadia, the game should be on more platforms than ever before when the Football Manager 2020 release date arrives. Here’s everything we know about the game, including our Football Manager 2020 wishlist.
Football Manager 2020 release date and platforms
Of course, for eager beavers who pre-order the game, there will no doubt be the beta version available a few weeks before launch on PC/Mac. This has been the case for previous releases and there’s been nothing to indicate it won’t happen again this year.
What platforms will Football Manager 2020 be available on? Football Manager Touch is a streamlined version of previous instalments available for Nintendo Switch the sales for that platform are “far from a success”, according to Miles Jacobson, studio director at Sports Interactive. We’re expecting FM Touch to return for 2020 but Jacobson has said there won’t be any platform confirmations until “either August or September”. It’s also been announced shortly before E3 2019 that the full version of Football Manager 2020 will be on Google Stadia this year, though the drawback to that is the lack of mods, downloadable tactics, face packs and the like.
Jacobson has also confirmed that there are “no current plans” to bring the game to either PS4 or Xbox One so that rules out a surprise console announcement prior to release.
Football Manager 2020 wishlist
The women’s World Cup is taking place in France this summer – it kicks off today (June 7) in fact – so FM 2020 would be the perfect time to introduce women’s football to the game. The female version of the sport has surged in popularity in the last few years and FIFA introduced women’s football a few years ago, so it’s about time Football Manager followed suit.
There’s just one problem; this is still a distant pipe dream. Jacobson is asked time and time and time again when women’s football will be added to the game, and his answer has remained the same: When it becomes financially viable. In a November 2018 interview, Jacobson explained that when they eventually do women’s football, they want to do it properly.
“The majority of people who play Football Manager are male, just as the majority of football fans are male,” Jacobson says. “But, just as there are more female football fans, what’s been encouraging over the past few years has been the fact that more female players are playing the game. We very much hope that one day this will be commercially viable and, when it is, we’ll do it properly. All elements of the professional women’s game will be included.”
Improved 3D Match Engine
When you look back at Football Manager from 10 or so years ago, there’s a huge difference in the quality of the match engine. But when you compare Football Manager 2019 to other leading football games, the match engine is light years behind. Animations frequently glitch out, there’s very little sense of realism when you watch the matches play out. Anyone who plays FM knows that the 3D match engine is in dire need of some work.
It’s time to implement those changes with Football Manager 2020. A lot of the time, you can instruct players to do something in a match but when you’re watching it play out, your player will visibly defy orders. The match engine needs to implement features like players dribbling round goalkeepers when in a one vs one situation, multiple players need to stop closing down the same player on the same path, that sort of thing. Football Manager is repeatedly lauded as the most accurate football game – praise that is definitely warranted – but the match engine needs to be brought up to scratch.
Improved Assistant Manager Feedback
Throwback Career Mode
More Question/Answer Variety
Youth Team Management
This was a feature in earlier Football Manager games that was only recently removed, and it’s left avid players baffled as to why it’s no longer a thing. In real life, almost everyone starts their management career at a youth team, building up the under-18s, followed by the under-23s, until they get their lucky break in first team management.
Being able to do this in Football Manager would be absolutely huge for those dedicated players. It won’t be for everyone because it would likely take years in-game until a first team management role is offered, but for those who want a 50-year long career rising to the top, being able to start in youth management would be the ultimate enabler.