In case you haven’t heard, some of us are kind of really really excited for Football Manager 2012. And now Miles Jacobson, the guy who sits on a golden throne atop Sports Interactive’s giant pile of nerd-money, has revealed that MLS will be more realistic and detailed than ever.
Jacobson, writing in FourFourTwo’s Australian edition, revealed a number of changes to the A-League and MLS, two leagues that have evolved unique ways to survive in environments where soccer is not the first sport.
Among the changes:
There are a lot of changes and new features for the MLS this year. So many that I don’t really know where to start! So am just going to list some of them in a list below in no particular order…
MLS Academies now create newgens as they would do in real life.
MLS Combine teams now have their real names, alongside improvements to news about players in the Combine teams, to help you as a manager know which of them you should be looking to draft.
The salary cap now increases each year, and the person playing the game gets a news item to tell them what the new salary cap is.
New news items for the MLS All Star game that announce the squad, and highlight the players from your team.
Guaranteed contracts have been improved and are now working as per real life.
MLS rights when a player is sold are now better modelled.
We’ve also added in the weighted lottery draft process into FM this year, with three or four a year – it’s up to you if you want to take part or not though.
Improvements have been made to the roster confirmation screen, so that players aren’t accidently released.
Improvements made to the designated player code, so that two of them cannot be traded, with a third slot available for purchase, with the money spent divided by the clubs in the MLS who decide to not have a third slot.
And finally, we’ve added in the MLS Discovery signings, so you can sign six players from foreign clubs or free agents per season. Or 10 if you’re one of the two new clubs – the MLS expansion is in too, so we welcome Vancouver and Portland to Football Manager 2012.
For more information, head over to the Sports Interactive website.