Those trying to sink their tooth into one other 12 months of the highs and lows of soccer administration are going to want to attend a bit longer. Developer Sports Interactive has confirmed that Football Manager 2021 has been delayed as a result of disruptive influence of COVID-19.
“What I can confirm today is that, despite all the problems going on in the world, there will be new Football Manager games released later this year,” Studio director Miles Jacobson said in a recent statement. “They will be delivered a little later than we’d originally planned, but they’ll have exceptionally strong feature sets… albeit different to those we thought we’d settled on back in January when I completed my ‘dream feature set’.”
Considering the final 5 entries within the collection have all launched in November, it is a protected wager to imagine that this was the unique plan earlier than the present scenario put paid to that.
“It has taken a monumental effort to make this possible,” Jacobson stated. “The flexibility the team have shown through this period has been incredible; we’ve been changing scope, both upwards and downwards, on an almost weekly basis (and often as a result of changes in people’s personal circumstances). I firmly believe you’ll all appreciate the improvements and new features this year–and for us to have created the games that we’re going to deliver later this year during a global pandemic is something else I’m very proud of.”
It’s not all dangerous information both. Sports Interactive stays financially wholesome regardless of the problems posed by COVID-19. Rather than being compelled to put off staff, the studio has accelerated its hiring programme over the previous couple of months and added greater than 20 new workers members since lockdown started.
It additionally allowed folks to play Football Manager 2020 without spending a dime for a fortnight again in March (as increasingly folks discovered themselves quarantined at house), and the studio has taken half in quite a few charity initiatives lately, such because the UKIE-managed Games for Carers programme and the Humble Black Lives Matter bundle.
“Our games will be on more platforms and available on more stores than ever before when they’re released later this year but, with regards to features and release dates, it’s a little too early for us to talk about the specifics right now,” Jacobson continues. “Please cut us a little bit of slack and rest assured that we will once again deliver a set of games that provide hundreds of hours of entertainment and remain the best value for money on the market–and something to help you escape from the real world at the moment, at least for a while.”