Now, speculation is mounting around the imminent launch of the computer game Football Manager 2018. Each new release of the popular football management simulation enjoys huge sales and its loyal community of fans is alive with rumours over what new features await them this season. Mike Duff has more. With a little over six weeks to go before the release of Sports Interactive’s Football Manager 2018 the rumour mill in the FM community across the internet is reaching its annual fever pitch. Jack Peachman is an artist at Sports Interactive’s sister studio, Creative Assembly. So with the match engine, it’s such an important element of Football Manager and in Football Manager 2018 I’m hearing that big overhauls will be coming to the AI new tactical options for managers to use, as well as some new player roles. What about match presentation? Well, with the match engine itself I’ve heard of a new graphics engine in the works. Maybe this is the year, new motion capture animation, perhaps making its way in as well. And on top of that, I know for a fact that Creative Assembly artists have been working on some other, unannounced, changes, that we hopefully will see in the not so distant future. Curtis Morton, better known as The GamerCan, is a popular football Youtuber. I hope I don’t get in trouble for this but I’ve spent quite a bit of time at SI HQ over the last few weeks and kept hearing the word Dynamics. I’m not sure what it means but I get the impression it’s big. I also heard a conversation in the toilet of all places that Scouting is being completely revamped in line with how real clubs actually find players, and I understand that Data Analysts are now central to this which is great – as they brought them in last year and they didn’t really do anything. I’m also looking forward to seeing how SI handle the insane rise in transfer fees that we’ve witnessed in this transfer window. Is there anything else your sources are telling you? Well, my subscribers ask me for help with the game all the time, so I’d like to see more things to help people like better analysis tools and more feedback from your backroom staff, that sort of thing. I mean, what do Sport Scientists even do?? And before I forget – when I was leaving SI the other day I bumped into a guy who said “you’re that streamer aren’t you?” “I think you’re going to like this year’s Fantasy Draft”, so I take it there’s been some improvements there. Those are just a few of the rumours swirling around the release of Football Manager 2018. This is Mike Duff, Global 24/7, in London. Well, Mike joins us now, live from Football Manager HQ. Mike, has there been any official confirmation from Sports Interactive about these rumours? Not yet, Anita. the one buzzword that keeps coming up is “Dynamics”. Nobody’s entirely sure what it means, or indeed, how big an addition it’s going to be. But one or two recent leaked reports have suggested it’s going to be the most significant innovation. But the rumours and counter-rumours keep on coming and- Actually, I can see Miles Jacobson, the Football Manager gaffer, arriving now. Let’s see if we can grab a word. Miles, can you confirm any of the new features about Football Manager 2018? We’ve heard that the scouting system is going to change to better reflect how real clubs recruit players. Is that true? Well it is the end of September now and I did say I’d start talking about features now. So, yes, that one is true. What about improved stadium designs and match presentation? Increased depth to sports science and tactics? Can you confirm those? You’ve got good info. Yes, those are true as well, alongside the new graphics engine. Dare I mention dynamics? Is that something that even exists? And, if it does, can you give us a bit more info about it? So “Dynamics” is one of our big new features for this year. I’m not quite ready to talk about that one yet. We’re going to have a series of videos that’s going to come out in the next month. Which will include the stuff you’ve already asked about. Also, sports scientists, new-look Fantasy Drafts, AI improvements, both on and off the pitch, some tactics improvements as well and lots more besides. But look, mate, I’m really sorry, I’ve actually got to go and finish the game, so I just want to go and park my car. Well, there we are, Anita. It seems we cleared up a lot of the questions surrounding the game’s release in November.