Sports Interactive have announced some brand new features for their upcoming instalment in the much-loved Football Manager series, Football Manager 2013.

One of the main 'new' features actually harkens back to the glory days of old football management games when they were much simple. Classic mode (FMC) streamlines the role playing by the manager so that a full season can take place in around eight to ten hours.

This may be good news for people who have let the game take over their life in the past, as it provides an easier way to dip in and out by focusing on the "nuts and bolts of taking their team to the top".

"The introduction of FMC is a major step forward in Football Manager’s evolution,” says Sports Interactive’s studio director Miles Jacobson.

"In recent years it’s become clear that there’s a large group of people who would like to play Football Manager, but simply can’t devote the time required to get the most out of the game."

He is quick to put the fans of the immersive football management experience at ease by ensuring the same in-depth game will still be included.

"For those who still want the full, ‘hands-on’ experience, FM13 offers exactly what they’re looking for – a bigger, better and even more immersive version of the world's greatest football management simulation," said Mr Jacobson.

A new Challenge mode is also to be introduced where players are given a specific scenario they must tackle over a set period of time, which is usually half a season. These include, for example, achieving success with a team of young players or saving a team from relegation who are bottom on Christmas Day.

Five challenges will ship with Football Manager 2013, with Sports Interactive adding more over the year.

There will also be a number of bonuses players can unlock by meeting milestones in the game or, if they can't wait, buying them with cold hard cash. These include managers not needing to get work permits or adding money to a transfer budget.

Beyond these major changes, the 3D match engine has been overhauled to make the matches look more realistic, while extra staff roles have been added, such as director of football and specialist coaches, and gamers can improve the quality of their staff through gaining coaching badges.

There will also be a new worldwide leaderboard so players can see how their management skills compare to the rest of the world using a sophisticated scoring system.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801444943-ADNFCR
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