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Football Manager 2018 has released with same-day Linux support

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Football Manager 2018 [Steam] has now officially released and it comes with same-day Linux support for you footy nuts. Really fantastic to see Sports Interactive and SEGA continue to support Linux gaming with such a popular title.

This is now the fifth game in the series to support Linux, which started with the 2014 edition—awesome! The game currently has over 30K people playing, so it's already proving popular. Even if it's not your type of game, you can appreciate how important it is to have titles like this on Linux.

The game has been through quite the overhaul this year, with lots of clever teaser videos being put out before release. Here's what's new in a nutshell:

  • All new Dynamics system – A harmonious squad produces better results on the pitch. By building partnerships amongst your players – both on and off the pitch – and maintaining a good dressing room atmosphere you'll get the best performances out of your squad.
  • Improved Matchday Experience – A brand new graphics engine produces the best lighting, stadiums and player models in the series' history, alongside a sleeker match interface and modernised presentation that bring your fixtures to life.
  • Real World Scouting System – A true-to-life representation of the techniques used by the world's biggest clubs including more detailed data analysis that, combined with a wider range of scouting options, give you a better overview of any potential signing.
  • Sports Science – The new Medical Centre gives you a more complete overview of your squad's injury situation, with your medical team providing advice on feedback on individual players' injury risks and how to avoid injuries occurring during training.
  • Tactics Overhaul – A redesigned tactics screen puts analysis at its heart, giving you a clear view of whether your tactic is working. The new pre-match briefing allows you to be better prepared for your upcoming fixtures, while new player roles give you more ways to exploit your players' abilities.
  • Improved Fantasy Draft – Redesigned with a new interface that is perfect for streaming and with several new setup options that help tailor the Fantasy Draft experience to you, including a bigger squad budget and a Quick Start option.
  • Football Intelligence – A realistic transfer market that reflects the inflated transfer fees and contract values, more clauses to help finalise that blockbuster deal and the more intelligent transfer and board AI that take into account more contextual information from the game world.

You can find Football Manager 2018 on Steam for £37.99.

5 Likes, Who?
kydros 10 November 2017 at 3:56 pm UTC
I need to buy on Steam Winter Sales
Arehandoro 10 November 2017 at 5:08 pm UTC
I wish is was slightly easier for newbies or not so hardcore football fans. Ains, I miss a bit PC Fútbol 5.0 -Don't know if it ever was released outside of Spain-
Jahimself 10 November 2017 at 5:09 pm UTC
Yes it's a pleasure even when you purchase a boxed copy of the game, and you have the tux icon along microsoft and mac ones.
If you like soccer, the game is an absolute must have. I myself try to get away as much as possible from it, because it is way too realistic and really makes you feel like a professionnal manager and thus you can spend way too much time in the game^^


Last edited by Jahimself at 10 November 2017 at 5:10 pm UTC
fabertawe 10 November 2017 at 5:34 pm UTC
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ArehandoroI wish is was slightly easier for newbies or not so hardcore football fans. Ains, I miss a bit PC Fútbol 5.0 -Don't know if it ever was released outside of Spain-

There's also Football Manager Touch, the "cut down" version which is the one I bought previously. It's less involved and more "pick the team and watch the game", although obviously there's more to it than that.

Jahimself[snip]...If you like soccer, the game is an absolute must have. I myself try to get away as much as possible from it, because it is way too realistic and really makes you feel like a professionnal manager and thus you can spend way too much time in the game

If you play as any one of half the sides in the Premier League then you'll be sacked before you can finish a season!
WorMzy 10 November 2017 at 8:24 pm UTC
I couldn't get into the one I bought (although I used to love playing Ultimate Soccer Manager back on the Amiga), but there's no denying this is one awesome developer!
eldersnake 10 November 2017 at 9:09 pm UTC
Interesting, this game must be doing alright for them on Linux if they keep supporting the platform.
nme 11 November 2017 at 10:40 am UTC
eldersnakeInteresting, this game must be doing alright for them on Linux if they keep supporting the platform.

Seems like they made a good business decision and set up a decent cross-platform framework back in 2013. The game mostly revolves around complex algo's for the football game it simulates. Those have no business relying on directx or somesuch and so only the front-end needs to hook into the OS.

Maybe they have a long-tail strategy and decided to make a small investment back in the day so they would have that little bit of reliable extra incoming down the road?
IDNO 11 November 2017 at 12:43 pm UTC
I would buy it if you could play the soccer match too, Like the old games.
fabertawe 11 November 2017 at 1:22 pm UTC
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There's also a demo on Steam. I tried it but it's very flaky for me, keeps crashing to desktop.

Edit: I should have stated the demo I tried was the "Touch" version.


Last edited by fabertawe at 11 November 2017 at 3:37 pm UTC
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