Football Manager 2007 to be released on 20 October

Sports Interactive has announced that Football Manager 2007 is expected to be released on 20 October in the UK and many other territories. A demo version is expected to be released next weekend as a torrent.

The updated version of the game features many new options, including a more user-friendly interface with new skins, clearer icons, and a vidi printer with current news and info. Quicker navigation is provided with customisable bookmarks and keyboard shortcuts. More sections have been multi-core optimised and hyper-threaded to speedup the game.

There's also better feedback from assistant managers and agents, and the option to back up saved games before a new one is saved. Network games have also been easier, and there is the new challenge of starting with a randomly selected team.

Improvements have been made to scouting as well, with a much more realistic outlook of the football world. There is an addition of a star rating system for current and potential players, plus the addition of a scout report.

Football Manager 2007 will appear on PC, Mac, Intel Mac, and the Xbox360, and a handheld version on the PSP.