Hello, my dear readers!! Finally I'm back from the honeymoon and very impatient about latest FM 2009 news! Actually one of the first things I have just done coming in to my apartments - checking out Internet for news about Football Manager 2009. Therefore I would like to make some kind of review of the new FM 2009 features announced already.
Video about new features of FM 09
First of all here is the video with Miles Jacobson (Studio Director of Sports Interactive) about new features:
Well, it was very interesting to watch this video. Seems like they many of awaited and requested here FM features are implemented...
New features in FM 2009 Screenshots
1. 3D Match Engine
This feature is the one that was the most often asked by people! Interesting that in this mode any match can be watched from multiple camera angles. There is also forwarding and rewinding that makes one to re-watch any part of the match quickly. It can be done with the special bar at the bottom of the screen near 'Advanced Controls' button.
On the screenshot you can see also 3 widgets: Team Ratings, Radar and Formation. These widgets are not static - they can be customized as you want! I noticed in the video above that they added already about 15 widgets to the game! Pay attention to the left top Team Ratings widget: ratings of players became noninteger and therefore more exact (6.4 instead of 6, 6.6 instead of 7)!
2D Match engine will still remain what is certainly good because my HP laptop has weak graphic card for 3D mode. And they promise also better logic in match engine what is always good.
2. Assistant Manager Feedback
Assistant Manager will become more useful in the game - he will be able to do pre-match and in-match feedbacks on how your team is performing, motivation level of your players! He will share also his minds your and opposition's tactics in a match.
3. Board Confidence
Board confidence screens will be more detailed. In addition 2 new confidence screens will appear : Squad Harmony and Club Stature.
4. Preferred Moves Training
There will be possibility for a player to gain new preferred moves during training. For example, a manager can train central defenders to not dive into tackles, or wingers to do stepovers before crossing the ball.. This will be done from Player Interaction screen. How much time will such training take? It's unknown for now
5. Press Conferences
We requested more interaction with media - we will get it. Manager can attend pre-match and post-match press conferences with local and national journalists. Press conference is also hold after appointment of a manager as on this screen. Answers on press conference questions should be selected carefully because they could come back to haunt you in the media at a later date.
Another small feature presented on this screen is Female Manager. Well, it's just a support of female gender in the game that reflects only in the media.
6. England Trial Day
Young talents can be scouted from England Trial Day. Actually I don't know more about this feature...
7. Transfer Rumours
The new screen here about transfer rumours. You will be able to view the latest news on what players are being speculated on, and who’s said to be interested in securing their services (the names of media sources are in the brackets on the screen).
Other announced Football Manager 2009 features
Widescreen Support. That is the one I dreamt of. Just because I play Football Manager on the wide screen laptop .
Improved Media. The game will contain more news stories, more detail and greater media interaction than ever before.
Realistic Finances. Financial modelling was reworked. It should be more realistic in FM 09 to follow transfers, staff wages, budgets, ticket prices, season tickets, competition bonuses and club sponsorships.
Updated Competitions. Database update of players, teams, clubs, leagues information. They promise 5,000 playable clubs from over 50 countries, and around 350,000 players and staff from around the world.
Transfer System. Completely new and re-written transfer system code, providing an even more realistic simulation of real-life football transfers.
As for me there are a lot of new Football Manager 2009 features that will make us happy. So we should just wait till the game is out. Sports Interactive announced that it will be released before Christmas. But on Game.Co.Uk where FM 09 can be pre-ordered release date is set as 14/11/2008.