Football Manager 2021 Launching November 24 – Coming to Xbox for The First Time Since 2007
Football Manager 2021 is being optimised for Microsoft's flagship consoles this winter.
It’s that time of year when we start to head towards the launch of everybody’s favourite football (soccer) sim, Football Manager. This year, Sports Interactive has confirmed that the 2021 edition of the game will be launching on November 24.
Not only that but for the first time since 2007 the game will be launching on Xbox. The game will be coming to the Xbox One, Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X before the end of this year.
The developers have confirmed that Football Manager 2021 will be a Play Anywhere title, meaning players will be able to access the title from both their Xbox and PC at no extra cost. The Xbox version, which is a streamlined edition of the PC title, has been redesigned for “optimal performance” with the Xbox controller. Sports Interactive has also confirmed that “the number of playable leagues differing based on the Xbox device you are playing on. ” The game will also have cross-save functionality, allowing players to start on their Xbox and resume on their pc, or vice-a-versa.
Sports Interactive head Miles Jacobson confirmed in a later tweet that the reason for the lack of a PlayStation version of the game is simply down to Sony not sending the developers a dev kit.
because to make games for a platform, you need a dev kit. To get a dev kit, the platform holder have to want the game on the platform. We spoke with Sony, we have no dev kits. We spoke with Microsoft, they sent them to us.
— Miles Jacobson (@milesSI) September 24, 2020
Players who pre-order the PC version of the game via either Steam or Epic Games Store will score a 10% discount and access to the pre-release Early Access version of the game, alongside access to Football Manager 2021 Touch (PC/Mac) free of charge.
Neither the Nintendo Switch version nor Football Manager 2021 Touch have had their release dates confirmed, however, the blog post states that the Switch version “is expected to complete the line-up in December.”
While it’s exciting that the new game isn’t too far away, Football Manager is currently in a little bit of hot water with one of the world’s largest football clubs, Manchester United. The club state that the game infringes the club’s name “extensively throughout the game” and that the use of an unlicensed team’s name is “wrongful”. It’s unknown what impact, if any, this will have on the upcoming version.