FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LONDON, UK - August 12th, 2005 - SEGA Europe Ltd and Sports Interactive are today proud to announce that Football Manager 2006 will make its debut on the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft during the spring period, 2006. This now completes the line-up for Football Manager this season, with Football Manager 2006 PC/Mac out early November 2005 and the previously announced PSP platform and now the Xbox 360 version both out Spring 2006.
"Finally a home console system is being released that can do Football Manager justice", comments Miles Jacobson, Managing Director of Sports Interactive. "We promise the most in-depth console management experience ever! "
"It's only fitting that the most powerful games console in the market has the most popular and powerful football management game" commented Matt Woodley, Creative Director of SEGA "I'm particularly impressed by the way SI have re-designed the interface and controls to make it Xbox 360 perfect".
At last, gamers of the console persuasion will be able to enjoy football management like never before! Football Manager 2006 for Xbox 360 weaves its way past the opposition and slots one in the back of the net to complete the treble line-up for this season. With hundreds of divisions across 50 countries, 250,000 players and staff, the degree of depth is undeniable for even the most vocal of rival managers!
All features from Football Manager will be incorporated, including training, the 2d match engine, full rules for all leagues and player data which will be accurate to the end of the winter transfer window. Football Manager once again has produced the super tactics to trounce the league and retain its crown as champion of management sims!
Football Manager 2006 for Xbox 360 and Football Manager for PSP are due for release in early spring, 2006. Football Manager 2006 will release in November 2005 on PC/Mac.
About Xbox 360
Xbox 360 is the next-generation video game and entertainment system that places gamers at the center of the experience. Available this holiday season in Europe Japan and North America, Xbox 360 will ignite a new era of digital entertainment that is always connected, always personalised and always in high definition.
About Sports Interactive
Sports Interactive (SI), is the world's leading developer of sports management simulations for home computers. SI's pillar titles cover a range of sports, including football (the Football Manager series), ice hockey (the NHL: Eastside Hockey Manager series) and baseball (Out of the Park Baseball). Founded in 1994 and based in Islington, North London, SI has a full-time staff of 35 and employs the services of more than 1,500 part-time researchers across the globe. The company's games have enjoyed an unparalleled history of commercial and critical success, with five of its creations among the UK's Top 20 best-selling PC games of all time. In 2004 SI signed an exclusive five-year agreement with SEGA which will see all games it produces within that period published by the global computer and video games giant. Further information on the company and its games is available from the SI website, www.sigames.com.
About SEGA Europe
SEGA Europe Ltd. is the European Publishing arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA Corporation, a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home. The company develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. SEGA Europe's web site is located at www.sega-europe.com.