Time To Dust Off That Manager Suit

Every year, many men spent countless hours fine tuning their tactics, scouting the lower leagues, and dealing with the media in Football Manager. Today, we got confirmation of the latest version!

Sega and Sports Interactive have announced that Football Manager 2016 will be coming on November 13th, but that is not the only football simulation game coming this year. Football Manager Touch is coming to PC and Tablets, and is effectively the quick play mode which has been available in the game previously. Finally, Football Manager Mobile will be coming to iOS and Android devices. In addition to the new create-a-club mode, the new fantasy draft mode really intrigues me. The fantasy draft will let you compete against other managers to build a team from scratch, on a fixed budget. It has been a while since I’ve invested my life in this game, but maybe this year will be the long overdue return.

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Next up, another game that might surprisingly be coming this year is Minecraft: Story Mode. The latest Telltale game has been given a release date of October 30th, according to a posting on Amazon. What seems weird about this is that the disc only gives you the first episode, with the later episodes being available by digital download. Whether or not this is true, I will not be playing this game when it comes, I personally think Telltale need to spend some time upgrading their engine. It is beginning to look dated, and previous success will only carry you so far.

Ubisoft is one of the largest video game publishers in the world, and they are now using their vast library of IP to create a theme park on some of these properties, such as Assassin’s Creed, Just Dance and Rabbids. Before you get too excited, the park isn’t expected to be open for another 5 years (2020) and will be located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This is not the first time Ubisoft has ventured into theme parks, as they already have a Rabbids Dark Ride at French park Futuroscope. I really think a trick would be missed if they didn’t include a Driver themed roller-coaster.

Also away from actual video games, and 20th Century Fox is developing an adaptation of Capcom‘s Mega Man. According to The Tracking Board, development has already started, but we have yet to hear any official announcement. Unfortunately there is no way I can see this being any good. Movie adaptations of videos games have a horrendous track record, and if you want an example of what 20th Century Fox has done recently in this sector, they are the studio behind Hitman — it is currently at 7% on Rotten Tomatoes!

I am signing off now as want to go play some more Metal Gear, but I’ll be back again tomorrow.

Matt