Football fan? Then Football Manager 2013 will be right up your street

Every year hundreds of thousands of football supporters across the globe look forward to the release of one of the most eagerly anticipated sports video games of the year. Football Manager 2013 is aiming to deliver a more immersive experience than ever before, while still retaining the same level of gameplay that made the series famous.

Anyone of a certain age who plays video games and follows football will remember the days when Championship Manager was just about as good as it got when it came to football management sims. Created by Sports Interactive, the game was a smash hit right from the start, and every year saw hundreds of improvements, tweaks and overhauls as it set about delivering the very best football management sim imaginable.

However, back in 2003 things changed. The development team at Sports Interactive decided to go their own way, and the company separated from then publisher Eidos to join up with Sega for the creation of an all new management sim, Football Manager.

Since then, the level of immersion has gone through the roof, with more details, statistics and tactics than ever managing to liberate players from countless hours of their lives. This is a trend that the company hopes Football Manager 2013 can continue when it is released in the last quarter of 2012.

The Football Manager community has long been speculating about the kind of features that players can expect when the game arrives, with some suggestions including an overhaul of the game's training system to allow for more creative use of the coaching staff, changes to the transfer market to reflect the huge budget cuts that many clubs in the top leagues around the world are currently experiencing, a more in depth contract system and continued refinement of the game's match engine.

Sports Interactive is notorious for keeping its cards close to its chest, so it's unlikely that we'll hear too much of what will be implemented in Football Manager 2013 until much closer to the game's release date. However, as is usually the case, we can all look forward to getting to grips with a playable demo a couple of weeks before the final game drops - so get that tracksuit out of the wardrobe and get ready for some more social life destroying goodness!

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