With so much hype around what will or will not be included on FM14, the rumour mill is getting as bad as an iPhone release.
So, to help you understand what is real and not real, here is what we know for definite so far from the twitter account of Miles Jacobson who is the ‘Head Honcho’ on FM for Sports Interactive: -
No, not cosplay. Miles has confirmed that as well as being on Mac and Windows, it will also be on Linux.
One price for all 3 – so if you have a Macbook, Windows laptop and Linux desktop (for example) you’ll be able to play the game on each of those machines via Steam. For the more technically minded, the flavour of Linux we’ll be supporting is Ubuntu 12.04 (LTS)
There will be New Languages available within the new game. So good news if you can speak either Greek or Brazilian Portuguese. Miles confirmed both languages will be added back in January and March. This is due to the high amount of sales within Greece and Brazil.
Miles does however like to keep us hanging on with little teasers though like the following tweet he posted: -
“Have just finalised the feature set for FM14 to fit in with this years schedule. Happy. But no, I’m not going to reveal anything yet…”
Nothing is confirmed with regards to what leagues will be new to FM14 but Sports Interactive are on the lookout for Joe Public to work for them in a voluntary role to help them with the updating of Non-league teams. So with this, could we start to see actual real players with real stats further on down the leagues in tiers 8, 9, 10, etc. This is something that I am anticipating with bated breath.
Note from the editor: This would be amazing, real grass-roots football.
A Women’s League
It doesn’t look like this will be included on FM14 or even a separate women’s version of FM14 being released at this present time.
The question was posed to Miles and he responded by saying that until it makes financial sense to do so, it wouldn’t be happening.
Steam Trading Cards
This is a new feature that has already been released on Steam and not just available on FM14. Steam Trading Cards are collectible cards you get by playing games on Steam. Collect a set of cards to earn items that help you customize your profile and show off your gameplay.
Play as Club Chairman
Despite this being a popular request from you FM’ers out there, this doesn’t look like it will be happening either.
Miles has, and quite rightly, pointed out that the game is called ‘Football Manager’ and not ‘Football Chairman’ – a fair point well made.
He also goes on to say that there will not be the facility to save up your own managers wages in order to be able to buy your own football club within the game.
Despite not being able to do this within Football Manager, maybe there is a gap in the market for SI to create this ‘Football Chairman’ game? – although I wouldn’t visit Paddy Power and placing a bet that it will be anytime soon.
Football Manager 2014 will continue to be available to play through Steam and there are no plans to move away from Steam at any point in the future.
The reason FM is ran through Steam in the first place is to try to cut down on the number of people who illegally downloaded the game.
Since moving over to Steam a couple of years ago, this has been the case so I cannot see them moving away from it anytime soon.
Nothing has been decided on a release date yet for FM14 but Miles has confirmed that they are looking at planning the release date at around end of September/beginning of October so keep your eyes peeled for around then.
Note from the editor: I reckon it will be closer to November, but fingers crossed!
Nothing has been confirmed yet but SI are on the lookout for Non-league team researchers.
This could mean that there will be a lot more Non-league teams which can be managed from the off with a full squad of real life players.
Fingers crossed that this becomes a reality as I love managing in the Non-league more than the Premier League.
To keep up to date with FM progress, if you are on Twitter, why not follow Miles @milesSI. He is being pretty cagey at the moment with regards to new features but come September, I would expect a lot more to be revealed.
In the meantime, keep reading our blogs for all the latest updates and gossip.
If you found this article interesting, why not have a look at another one of our articles listing out our FM14 wish list of new features which we want – some of them are up there with the Hovering Skateboard from Back to the Future!!!