London, England – September 8th, 2022 – The latest release in Sports Interactive™’s and SEGA®’s iconic series, Football Manager™ 2023, debuts on November 8th across an unprecedented breadth of platforms and devices, including PlayStation 5 and Apple Arcade for the first time.
For the first time in the history of the series, the depth and drama of the world’s leading football management simulation series arrives on PS5. Tailored to the Dualsense™ controller, FM23 Console will release alongside the PC/Mac title.
After a year’s absence, our popular Touch series returns to Apple devices through the Apple Arcade platform. Whether they’re using an iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple TV, Apple Arcade subscribers will be primed to make their mark on and off the pitch in FM23 Touch.
Miles Jacobson, Sports Interactive’s Studio Director, states: “FM23 marks another significant step forward for the Football Manager series as we debut on two new platforms. Fans have been calling for us to produce a PlayStation title for a number of years, so I’m excited for those players to now get the chance to experience the closest thing to being a real football manager.
“Our decision to not release a Touch game on iOS or Android in 2021 was a difficult one to take and a disappointing one for some of our fans. This exciting partnership with Apple Arcade allows us to reintroduce a popular title in a way that makes sense for us as a studio and for the wider FM community.”
FM23 thrusts fans closer to every aspect of the beautiful game, from the supporters filling the stands to scouts, players, opposition managers and newly-licensed competitions like the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League. We’ll be unveiling new game features in the coming weeks across the Football Manager social media channels, the Football Manager website and FMFC, our Football Manager members’ hub.
From today until launch, fans who pre-purchase FM23 (for PC and Mac), from a SEGA-approved digital retailer* will receive a 20% discount and the chance to kick-off their managerial career ahead of schedule with Early Access to FM23. Pre-purchasing via the Microsoft Store will be available soon.
Early Access will be available via Steam, the Epic Games Store, and the Microsoft Store roughly two weeks** prior to the official street date, and single player careers started in that period can be carried across to the final game.
Fans purchasing physical copies of FM23 will notice that this year’s edition does not include a disc. Instead, every pack contains a unique code that, once redeemed, enables play via Steam, Epic Games or the Microsoft Store.
Removing the disc and notebook from this year’s edition, in addition to further refinements to our eco-packaging, means that the overall carbon footprint for FM23’s packaging is 47% lower than FM22’s. All in all, the overall gCO2 equivalent of the Football Manager packaging has fallen from 256 for Football Manager 2019 to just 66 for FM23.
Formerly titled the Xbox Edition, FM23 Console joins FM23 in being available on the Microsoft Store and Xbox Game Pass™ from Day One. Xbox Game Pass for Console members will become the best by focusing on football’s most important areas – transfers, tactics and matchdays – from the comfort of their sofa, while Xbox Game Pass for PC members will have access to FM23’s unparalleled depth and realism. Both titles will, as was the case last year, be available to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members.
Football Manager 2023 Mobile (on iOS and Android) is preparing for another successful campaign, with feature information due to be unveiled in October ahead of its release on November 8th.
In addition to Apple Arcade, Football Manager 2023 Touch will also be available on Nintendo Switch™.
For more information on the FM23 series on all platforms, visit www.footballmanager.com
*Early Access is available from SEGA-approved digital retailers only; please check here for an exhaustive list of digital retailers and more details as to what constitutes a SEGA-approved retailer.
**Early Access may go live at different times on different platforms
About Sports Interactive™ Ltd.:
Sports Interactive™ Ltd. (SI) is the world’s leading developer of sports management simulations. Founded in 1994, SI became a wholly owned subsidiary of SEGA in 2006. Based in Stratford, East London, the SI team includes more than 270 full-time staff members, supported by a network of roughly 1,000 part-time researchers across the globe. SI is an official partner of many major football leagues and organisations, including UEFA, the Bundesliga, LFP, the EFL and the League Managers Association, as well as numerous charities and not for profit organisations. Further information on the studio and its work can be found at www.sigames.com.
About Football Manager™:
Football Manager (FM) is the world’s leading football management simulation title. With more than 50 countries to manage in and a database of over 800,000 players and staff it offers an incredibly detailed and immersive experience. In FM you make all of the key decisions, from signing (and selling) players through training, team selection and tactics as you take your team to the top of the footballing world while carving out your own philosophy and strengthening your club’s identity. FM has grown to become more than just a game and has embedded itself in the football industry; the FM database is used by several clubs to help shape their recruitment strategies and thousands of professional footballers and backroom staff members are committed fans of the game. FM has become an integral part of modern fan culture; the game has not only enhanced the collective footballing knowledge of its players but has been the inspiration for several books, a stand-up comedy show and even a feature length documentary. For more information on Football Manager, visit www.footballmanager.com.
About SEGA Europe Limited.:
SEGA Europe Limited. is the European Distribution arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA CORPORATION, and a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home. The company develops and distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe. SEGA wholly owns the video game development studios Two Point Studios, Creative Assembly, Relic Entertainment, Amplitude Studios, Sports Interactive and HARDlight. SEGA Europe’s website is located at www.sega.co.uk